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“I could not be any happier with my experience with Sebastian Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A. I would advise anyone who needs legal action to choose wisely and choose him for multiple reasons.”
Treated Me Like a Friend
“In late 2015, I was in need of a lawyer who could help me. Looking on the internet and asking friends if they knew any great ones was looking pretty bad. Then my younger brother told me about a lawyer who helped him out earlier. Now, knowing my brother’s situation and what I was facing made the initial phone call one of the easiest choices I’ve made. Sebastian Metcalf listened to my story as a person – not a lawyer. After telling me what he thought of it shortly after. Instantly redeeming my thoughts on the situation at hand. And then he went into lawyer mode and told me what I needed to hear. No sugar-coating.
It was tough hearing the negative side, but at the same time, it gave me the utmost confidence in him, because he didn’t look at me as a client but more as a person who was in a difficult situation that he could help. We’ve all seen movies about that one lawyer that took a case that was more than a docket number. The lawyer that invested a little more time and effort. That’s what Sebastian did. He worked diligently on keeping me updated on dates, allegations, and offers from the other participants involved. Even once calling me while on vacation to update me.
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Penalties for Drug Convictions
In Florida, the level of the misdemeanor or felony offense you face typically depends on the amount and type of drug involved in the offense. Also, many Florida drug statutes prescribe a specific minimum or maximum penalty based on the type and amount of drug involved in the offense.
Florida Drug Laws and Sentencing
Prohibited acts involving controlled substances and the penalties are found in Florida Statute 893.13. Penalties for trafficking are found in Statute 893.135.
Drug possession is charged and penalized as:
- More than 10 grams of a Schedule I drug is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.
- More than 10 grams of a Schedule II through V controlled substances is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
- Up to 20 grams of marijuana is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
- More than 20 grams of marijuana is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
You will face felony drug trafficking charges if you possess:
Between 25 and 2,000 pounds is punishable with between 3 and 30 years in prison.
Between 28 and 200 grams is punished with between 3 and 30 years in prison. Between 200 and 400 grams is punished with between 7 and 30 years in prison. Between 400 grams and 150 kilograms is punished by 15 to 30 years in prison.
For 14 to 28 grams, 28 to 200 grams, or more than 200 grams, you face between 3 and 30 years, 7 and 30 years, or 15 and 30 years in prison, respectively.
Between 1 and 5 grams is punished with 3 to 30 years; between 5 and 7 grams is punished with 7 to 30 years; and more than 7 grams is punished by 15 to 30 years in prison.
Between 14 and 28 grams, 28 and 50 grams, and 50 and 200 grams is punished with a minimum of 3, 7, and 15 years, respectively, and a maximum of 30 years each.
Between 7 and 14 grams is punished with between 3 and 30 years, 14 to 25 grams is punished between 7 and 30 years, and 25 to 100 grams is punished with between 15 and 30 years in prison.
Florida law contains other amounts for controlled substances as well. Talk with our drug crime lawyers about felony drug trafficking charges and the penalties you face depending on the amount involved.