The state of Florida takes drug crimes very seriously and an individual can receive severe consequences if they are convicted of any drug charges in the Florida Panhandle.
Drug crimes, such as trafficking, purchase, sale, and possession, are serious offenses that can result in long-term mandatory prison sentences and large fines, in addition to many other penalties.
In Florida, the nature of the crime is not the only element that impacts possible punishment; the type of substance involved with the offense can also have a large impact on the alleged offender’s penalty. Some of the most commonly used substances in Florida drug offenses include, but are not limited to:
If you have been charged with a drug offense involving any controlled substance in the Florida Panhandle, it is essential to consult with an experienced drug defense attorney in South Walton and Destin who will help you craft your best defense.
Adkinson Law Firm, LLC defends clients accused of alleged drug or narcotics offenses throughout the Florida Panhandle, including Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola, and Panama City. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are experienced in defending all areas of Florida’s drug crimes and will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome for your particular situation.
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The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which is codified in Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, contains the most common drug crimes and defines the penalties for a controlled substance conviction in the Florida Panhandle. Prohibited drug acts can include:
Often, drug charges can result in either federal or state charges or both federal and state charges if numerous transactions are alleged against the individual or if the quantity of the substance is very large.
Florida’s law requires all controlled substances, medications, prescription pills, drugs, natural substances, chemicals and man-made substances be classified into different schedules that are used determine the applicable penalties for various drug offenses. The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act provides for five different schedules, ranging from substances with the highest potential for abuse and little or no known medical purpose in Schedule I to substances with the least likelihood of abuse and commonly used medical applications in Schedule V.
Examples of substances in each schedule are listed below.
Substances in Schedule I typically result in higher degree felony convictions and lengthier prison sentences and fines. A conviction for a drug offense involving a Schedule V substance generally results in little or no jail or prison time and much smaller fines.
Individuals who have been charged with drug offenses in Okaloosa County and Escambia County may be eligible to be punished through a drug court, as opposed to the traditional sentences of jail or prison time and fines. The drug courts in Florida are provided for individuals who suffer from a drug or controlled substance addiction and have committed a criminal offense because of the addiction.
Individuals who are eligible for the program are those who have been charged with drug possession or purchasing controlled substances. They cannot have a history of engaging in violent crimes or have more than two previous non-felony drug convictions.
The drug court is typically at least 12 months long and involves drug and alcohol testing, treatment and rehabilitation services, and continuous interaction with the judicial system. Once the alleged offender successfully completes the program, their charges will be dismissed.
The basic statutory penalties a convicted misdemeanor or felony drug offender may face are classified in sections 775.082, 775.083 and 775.084 of the Florida Statutes. These penalties can increase based on any of the following:
The statutory penalties and punishments for felony and misdemeanor drug offenses in the Florida Panhandle are listed below.
Additionally, certain drug offenses may require mandatory minimum prison or jail sentence and/or increased fines.
If the alleged drug offense was committed in a certain location, the penalty for the underlying offense can be increased to the next highest degree of offense. Therefore, if the offense was originally punishable as a felony of the second degree, the offense can be increased to a felony of the first degree of it was committed in any of the following locations:
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) – This national organization endorses alternatives to the nation’s current drug policies that are based on science, compassion, health and human rights. The DPA also promotes drug policies that are focused on reducing the harms of drug use, in addition to drug prohibition.
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) – The SSDP is a national grassroots network comprised of students who aim to achieve sensible drug policies and combat the counterproductive policies of the War on Drugs in order to reduce the negative impact of drug abuse throughout the nation’s communities.
Drug Court in the Florida Panhandle – This link is to the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida’s drug court programs in Escambia County and Okaloosa County. The programs were created as an alternative punishment to traditional forms of sentencing for drug crimes. The drug courts can be contacted at the following locations:
Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act – The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which is located in Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, defines various drug offenses and the penalties a convicted drug offender could face in Florida.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – The NA is a national non-profit organization that helps individuals suffering from addictions to controlled substances or drugs meet and talk to other individuals recovering from substance abuse issues in order to help them on their road to recovery. Program and meeting locations in the Florida Panhandle can be found on this website.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – The DEA is a national governmental investigative and law enforcement agency that focuses on federal drug laws and penalties. This link is to penalties a convicted federal drug offender can face, which are generally harsher than state drug conviction penalties.
If you are facing criminal charges for an alleged narcotics or drug offense throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Escambia County, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today.
Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is an aggressive DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will make every effort to help you avoid the most serious penalties and repercussions to your alleged offense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your alleged drug, narcotics or controlled substance offense.