Cocaine Possession Defense - Florida Law

Cocaine Possession Defense in Orlando and Throughout Central Florida

CocaineThe law governing possession of cocaine is very complex. Drug possession charges are very serious and should never be taken lightly. Possession of even a small amount of cocaine in Florida is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in state prison.

Florida has tough drug laws, but there are many ways that an experienced dru offenses attorney may be able to help! If you have been charged with cocaine possession in Central Florida, or suspect you might be charged, it is critical that you immediately take the necessary steps to protect your rights by retaining our experienced Orlando cocaine possession defense attorney. Contact us today to discuss your case!

Penalties for Cocaine Possession - Florida Law

The Criminal Justice System in Florida takes possession of cocaine charges very seriously. If convicted, the penalties can be harsh and may include:

  • A maximum of five (5) years in prison
  • A 2-year suspension of your Florida driver’s license
  • Up to five (5) years of probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

Our defense attorneys will work tirelessly on your case to avoid a criminal conviction. You may also be eligible for deferred prosecution, sometimes referred to as a pretrial diversion program, for a pretrial intervention program, drug court and other creative measures that could make a significant difference in your case.

Posible Defenses to Cocaine Possession Charges

The possible defenses in cocaine possession cases in Florida will widely vary according to the particular facts and circumstances of each case and to the criminal history of the accused. One of the key elements of a cocaine possession defense case is whether the accused was either "actually" or "constructively" in possession of the cocaine, as this will be determinant on building the defense.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyer N. Ryan LaBar has handled thousands of criminal cases, including cocaine possession matters, and is dedicated to providing the vigorous defense you need. He is highly knowledgeable about Florida drug laws and understands that drug charges may be challenged in a variety of ways, including:

  • Lack of Knowledge - The prosecution must prove that you knowingly possessed cocaine. The circumstances in your case could create reasonable doubt. If the police found cocaine in your car, for example, it could have belonged to any other individual who previously drove the vehicle or who sat in the vehicle. If cocaine was found at your home after a party, it could have been left there by someone else without your knowledge.
  • Illegal Search and Seizure - Search and seizure issues commonly arise in drug cases. Did the police find drugs after a traffic stop? If so, did they have sufficient cause to stop your vehicle? Did the police find drugs in your coat or pants pockets as a result of a stop and frisk? Did the police find evidence of drug possession after you were arrested? The police must have a reasonable suspicion of some criminal activity to perform a stop and frisk. The police must have probable cause to make a lawful arrest. We may seek the suppression of evidence obtained in violation of your constitutional rights.
  • Durg Overdose - Drugs needed to assist a person seeking medical assistance because of a drug-related overdose cannot be used as evidence in a drug-related case, and the person in need of the medical assistance, and the person assisting the person in need of medical assistance cannot be prosecuted for possession of cocaine.
  • Florida has special programs that enable some defendants to avoid a criminal conviction. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction, even if you are charged with a felony cocaine possession charge.

Our cocaine possession lawyer in central Florida can aggressively fight your charges at trial, or if you prefer not to take your case to court, he can negotiate with the prosecution to seek a favorable plea agreement on your behalf. He will use his knowledge of pretrial diversion programs, pretrial intervention programs, drug court and other creative measures that could make a significant difference in your case.

Experienced Orlando Cocaine Possession Lawyers

We understand that the outcome of your case will have a profound impact on you and your family. You can rely on us to carefully investigate the facts of your case, explore defenses that could be available to you, prepare your case thoroughly for the possibility of trial, help you understand your options and diligently pursue the best possible outcome for you. To schedule a free consultation with the criminal defense lawyers at LaBar Adams in Orlando, Central Florida call 1-866-680-4LAW or fill out our online form located at the top of the page. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.

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