At The Edelstein Firm, we understand the serious consequences that can result from a drug arrest or conviction.  A drug-related conviction can negatively impact just about every aspect of your life, from your reputation and career to your family life and personal relationships.  That is why it is so important that you choose a Miami drug crimes attorney with the necessary skill and experience to help you avoid these potential life-long negative consequences.

Type of Drug Crimes and Drug Charges

Our Miami based firm has many years of experience defending drug cases and offers representation to potential clients charged with:

Most—but not all—drug crimes involve the following substances:

  • Hashish
  • Hash
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamine (“Meth, crystal, crystal meth, speed”)
  • Gammahydroxybutyrate (“GHB”)
  • Ketamine (Special K, “K,” Kit Kat, vitamin K)
  • MDMA / Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine)
  • Molly (4-Methylethcathinone)
  • Flunitrazepan
  • Rohypnol (“Roofies”)
  • Barbiturates
  • Methaqualone
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, etc.)
  • Lysergic acid diethylamide (“Acid, LSD”)
  • Mescaline
  • Psilocybin/Psilocyn (“Mushrooms, shrooms”)
  • Phencyclidine (“Angel dust, crystal, PCP”)
  • Morphine
  • Opium
  • Anabolic steroids

Felony and Misdemeanor Drug Crimes

In Florida, most criminal drug cases are felonies—even simple possession of a controlled substance. Possession of under 20 grams of marijuana, however, is charged as a misdemeanor.  For all other substances, the degree of the felony can vary depending on the amount and type of drug involved, intent of the person possessing the drug, as well as whether there was a sale or transaction.

Florida Drug Crimes & Criminal Penalties

A Florida drug crime can involve either a controlled substance which the Florida legislature has made illegal to possess under any circumstances (marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, etc.), or can involve a substance that can be lawfully prescribed (Xanax, Oxycontin, etc.).  Drug offenses can include elements of possessing, manufacturing, selling, and distributing.  Many people are surprised to learn that Florida’s drug trafficking laws do not require any evidence of intent to sell or distribute the drug, and can be proved simply by the amount of drug possessed. For example, a person arrested for illegally possessing just 7 grams of oxycodone, if convicted, can face up to 30 years in prison, a  mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years, and a fine of up to $50,000.

The criminal penalties for a drug crime conviction vary depending on the specific drug, the quantity of the drug, and other factors. Punishment may range from a small fine and/or probation to decades in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Here are a few examples of the possible punishment those convicted of various drug crimes face:

Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana/cannabis – The maximum sentence is one year in jail, however, some first-time offenders will only be required to pay court costs.  Driver’s license suspension for two years.

Possessing, selling, manufacturing, or delivering hashish or concentrates will result in a maximum prison term of 5 years, along with fines of up to $5,000.

Criminal penalties become harsher for those convicted of manufacturing, distributing, or trafficking illegal drugs. The sentence given to an individual found guilty of certain drug crimes will also depend on other factors including the defendant’s criminal history or prior convictions, whether the crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a park, college, church, house, child care facility, community center, or assisted living facility.

When a large amount of an illegal drug is involved, there is a greater chance that police and prosecutors will arrest or charge a person with possession with intent to sell, deliver, or distribute. If the amount exceeds the quantity threshold under the trafficking statute, the person will usually face a trafficking charge.

Drug Crimes Attorney Working to Protect Individuals Accused of Possession, Sales, and Distribution, or Drug Trafficking

A conviction for any drug offense can change your life forever.  People found guilty of drug crimes may face substantial fines, jail or prison, as well as a driver’s license suspension.  In Florida, as in any other state, a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Mistakes can be—and often are— made in the legal process, from an illegal search to errors made by prosecutors and judges.  The job of your Miami drug crimes attorney is to protect your legal rights, challenge any evidence against you, and present any and all evidence/facts which may work to your advantage.  Ultimately, your defense attorney should fight to protect your freedom, and prevent a conviction so that the damage to your life is minimal.

Contact An Experienced Miami Drug Crimes Attorney

Whether you or a loved one has been arrested for a drug crime, or are under investigation, it is critical to consult with an experienced drug crimes attorney in Miami as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.

Over the years, we have represented hundreds of clients in a wide range of drug cases. There is a good chance that we have dealt with your type of case and have represented clients who shared similar needs and concerns that you may have. Feel free to browse through the results section of our site for a representative sample of some of our past cases, and the results we have achieved for our clients.

By taking the immediate action of hiring an attorney to defend yourself, you are minimizing the chances that your criminal case will have lasting consequences for your career, personal life, and reputation. CALL US NOW for a CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at (305) 538-4545,  or simply take a moment to fill out our securely encrypted intake form. The additional details you provide will greatly assist us in responding to your inquiry.

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Below, is a table showing the drug offense descriptions used by the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s Office with their corresponding statute sections:

Statute
Type
Degree
Description of Offense
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSSESS W/INTENT/ATTEMPT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INT/CONSP
893.13(1)(A)(1)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS W/INTENT/SOLICITATION
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSSESS W/INTENT/CONSPIRE
893.13(1)(A)(1)A
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SALE OR DELIVERY/SOLICITATION
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
1st
CONT SUBST/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS W/INTENT/ARMED
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSSESS W/INTENT/ATTEMPT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
2nd
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
3rd
HASHISH/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
2nd
HEROIN/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
2nd
HEROIN/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSS W/INTENT/PRINCIPAL
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
2nd
METHADONE/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)1
Felony
2nd
OPIUM/DERIV/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)(1)
Felony
2nd
MORPHINE/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/MAN/DELLLIV/POSSESS W/INTENT/ATTEMPT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/MAN/DELIV/POSS W/INTENT/CONSPIRE
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CONT SUBST/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INT/CONSPIRE
893.13(1)(A)(2)
Felony
2nd
CANNABIS/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS W/INTENT/ARMED
893.13(1)(A)(2)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS/W/INT/ARMED
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/MANUFACTURE/DEL/POSN W/IN
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/MAN/DELIV/POSS W/INTENT/SOLICIT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/ INTENT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SALE, DELIVERY/PRINCIPAL
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
HALLUCINOGENS/SELL/MAN/DELIVER/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
BARBITURATE/STIM/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSSESS W/INTENT
893.13(1)(A)2
Felony
3rd
SYNTHETIC NARCOTICS/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INTENT
893.13(1)(B)
Felony
2nd
/CONSPIRACY”}”>CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SELL/MAN/DEL/10GR>/CONSPIRACY
893.13(1)(B)
Felony
1st
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SALE, DELIVERY/10+ GRAMS
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN/1000FT/SCHOOL/ATTEMPT/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
2nd
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/1000 FT/SCHOOL/ATTMPT
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
2nd
COCAINE/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/1000 OF SCHOOL/CONS
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
2nd
COCAINE/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/1000FT SCH/CON/GANG
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
Life
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/1000 FT/SCH/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/1000 FT/SCHOOL
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
2nd
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/1000 FT/SCHOOL/CONSPI
893.13(1)(C)1
Felony
1st
COCAINE/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/1000 FT OF SCHOOL
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/CON SUB/SELL/DEL/POS W/INT/1K/SCHOO/CONSP
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/1000FTSCH/CON
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
1st
CANN/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS W/INT WI 1000 FT SCH/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/SALE, DELIVER/1000FT SCHOOL
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
1st
CONTROLLEDSUBSTANCE/POSSESSION/1000FT/SCHOOL/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
1st
CANNABIS/SELL/DEL/POSN/WI/1000FT/SCHOOL/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
2nd
CANNABIS/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/1000FT SCHOOL
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSS WI 1000 FT/SCHOOL/ARMED
893.13(1)(C)2
Felony
1st
CANNABIS/POSSESSION/ W/INTENT/1000 FT/SCHOOL/ARMED
893.13(1)(D)1
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INT/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
893.13(1)(D)1
Felony
1st
COCAINE/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INT/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
893.13(1)(D)2
Felony
2nd
CONT SUB/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN W/INT/COLLEGE/UNIVERSIT
893.13(1)(D)2
Felony
2nd
CANN/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
893.13(1)(E)
Felony
Life
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN W/I 1000FT/CHRCH/CONV STORE/ARM
893.13(1)(E)1
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN W/INT/1000FT/CHRCH/CONV STORE
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
2nd
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN W/INT/1000FT CHURCH/CONV STORE
893.13(1)(E)1
Felony
Life
COKE/SELL/POSS W/INT/1000FT/CHURCH/CONV STORE/ARM
893.13(1)(E)1
Felony
1st
COCAINE/SELL/POSS W/INT/1000FT/CHURCH/CONV STORE
893.13(1)(E)1
Felony
2nd
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN W/INT/1KFT CHURCH/CONV ST/CON
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
3rd
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN W/INT/1KFT CHURCH/CONV ST/CON
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/SELL/POSN W/INT/1KFT CHURCH/CONV ST/CON
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
2nd
CANN/SELL/DEL/MAN/POSN/1000FT/CHURCH/ATTEMPT/ARMED
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
3rd
CANN/SELL/DEL/POSN W/INTENT/1000FT/CHURCH/ATTEMPT
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
1st
CONT SUB/SELL/POSN/1000 FT/CHURCH/CONV STORE/ARMED
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
2nd
CANNABIS/POSS/SELL/POSS W/INTENT/1K/CHURCH/CONV ST
893.13(1)(E)2
Felony
1st
CANN/SELL/MAN/DEL/POSN/1000FT/CHUR/CONVSTORE/ARMED
893.13(6)(B)
Misdemeanor
2nd
CANNABIS/POSSESSION UNDER 20 GRAMS/ATTEMPT
893.13(6)(B)
Misdemeanor
1st
CANNABIS/POSSESSION/20 GRAMS OR LESS
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSS/10 GRAMS+/CONSPIRACY
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
Life
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION 10GR+/ARMED
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
1st
10GR”}”>CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION >10GR
893.13(7)(A)10
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/FALSE LABEL
893.13(7)(A)11
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/OBTAIN BY FRAUD, FORGERY
893.13(7)(A)5
Misdemeanor
1st
CONT SUBS/KEEPING A PLACE FOR SALE OR USE
893.13(7)(A)7
Misdemeanor
1st
PRESCRIPTION FORM/POSSESSION BLANK/INCOMPLETE
893.13(7)(A)8
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBS/PRSCRPTN/W/H INFO/PRACTITIONER
893.13(7)(A)9
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/OBTAIN BY FRAUD, FORGERY
893.13(7)(E)
Felony
2nd
OBTAIN UNNEEDED CON SUB OR SCRIPT BY MISSREP
893.13(8)(A)
Felony
2nd
CONT SUBS/PRESCRIBING PRACT/FRAUD
893.13(2)(A)1
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/PURCHASE/POSS W/INTENT/SOLIC
893.13(2)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTENT TO PURCHASE/ATTEMPT
893.13(2)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTENT TO PURCH/CONSPIRACY
893.13(2)(A)1
Felony
2nd
COCAINE/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTENT TO PURCHASE
893.13(2)(A)2
Misdemeanor
1st
CANNABIS/PURCHASE/POSN W/INTENT TO PURCH/CONSPACY
893.13(2)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/PURCHASE/POSESS W/INTENT
893.13(2)(A)2
Misdemeanor
1st
CANNABIS/PURCHASE/POSN W/INTENT/SOLICIT
893.13(2)(A)(2)
Misdemeanor
1st
CANNABIS/PURCHASE/POSN W/INTENT TO PURCH/ATTEMPT
893.13(2)(A)2
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/PURCHASE/POSN/W/INTENT TO PURCHASE
893.13(2)(B)
Felony
2nd
/CONSPIRE”}”>CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/PURCHASE 10GR>/CONSPIRE
893.13(2)(B)
Felony
1st
10 GRAMS”}”>CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/PURCHASE >10 GRAMS
893.13(4)(A)
Felony
2nd
CONT SUBS/DELIVER TO/HIRE/CHILD UNDER 18/ATTEMPT
893.13(4)(A)
Felony
1st
CONT SUBS/DELIVER TO/HIRE/CHILD UNDER 18
893.13(4)(B)
Felony
2nd
CONT SUBST/DELIVER TO/HIRE/CHILD UNDER 18
893.13(5)(A)
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/IMPORTATION INTO FLORIDA/CON
893.13(5)(A)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/IMPORTATION INTO FLORIDA
893.13(5)(B)
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/IMPORTATION INTO FLORIDA
893.13(5)(B)
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/IMPORTATION INTO FLORIDA
893.13(5)(C)
Misdemeanor
1st
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/IMPORTATION INTO FLORIDA
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
2nd
CANNABIS/POSSESS/MORE THAN 20 GR/ARMED
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION/THC
893.13(6)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/POSSESSION/ATTEMPT
893.13(6)(A)1
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/POSSESSION/CONSPIRACY
893.13(6)(A)1
Felony
2nd
COCAINE/POSSESSION WITH A FIREARM
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
3rd
COCAINE/POSSESSION
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
3rd
CANNABIS/POSSESSION/MORE THAN 20 GRAMS
893.13(6)(A)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION/ARMED
893.13(6)(B)
Misdemeanor
2nd
CANNABIS/POSSESSION UNDER 20 GRAMS/ATTEMPT
893.13(6)(B)
Misdemeanor
1st
CANNABIS/POSSESSION/20 GRAMS OR LESS
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
2nd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSS/10 GRAMS+/CONSPIRACY
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
Life
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION 10GR+/ARMED
893.13(6)(C)
Felony
1st
10GR”}”>CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/POSSESSION >10GR
893.13(7)(A)10
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/FALSE LABEL
893.13(7)(A)11
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/OBTAIN BY FRAUD, FORGERY
893.13(7)(A)5
Misdemeanor
1st
CONT SUBS/KEEPING A PLACE FOR SALE OR USE
893.13(7)(A)7
Misdemeanor
1st
PRESCRIPTION FORM/POSSESSION BLANK/INCOMPLETE
893.13(7)(A)8
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBS/PRSCRPTN/W/H INFO/PRACTITIONER
893.13(7)(A)9
Felony
3rd
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE/OBTAIN BY FRAUD, FORGERY
893.13(7)(E)
Felony
2nd
OBTAIN UNNEEDED CON SUB OR SCRIPT BY MISSREP
893.13(8)(A)
Felony
2nd
CONT SUBS/PRESCRIBING PRACT/FRAUD
[Total: 5    Average: 5/5]