Drug distribution charges are serious charges which is why accused individuals facing them enjoy protections enshrined in the criminal justice system. In Florida, the sale and distribution of controlled substances is prohibited. Accused individuals can face serious criminal charges, potential penalties and possible consequences associated with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to sell or distribute it.
Drug trafficking and drug distribution charges are generally felony charges which means that they can be punished by a year or longer in prison. The actual potential penalties individuals accused of drug distribution face can be stiff. Harsh penalties, including between 3 and 5 years in prison or up to life in prison, can accompany a conviction for drug distribution charges. Drug trafficking and distribution charges apply to controlled substances.
In general, it is illegal to sell, transport or import a controlled substance. Controlled substances can include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, marijuana and other illegal drugs. The laws may vary by state so it is important to know the laws in the accused individual’s state. Drug trafficking and drug distribution charges can also apply to prescription drugs depending on the circumstances. Large amounts of alleged drugs and cash may result in drug distribution charges by authorities.
Drug charges can be challenged in a variety of different ways such as by challenging that the accused individual possessed them, intended to sell them or that the substance claimed to be a controlled substance was one at all. It may be necessary for accused individuals to stand up for themselves when facing drug distribution charges which is why it is important for them to be familiar with their criminal defense protections to ensure their rights are enforced.
Source: Statelaws.findlaw.com, “Florida Drug Distribution Laws,” Accessed Oct. 26, 2017