In criminal law most things fall within a certain category, such as the classification of a crime as either a misdemeanor, or a felony. There are also distinctions within those categories as to the type of crime being charged and if you are facing criminal charges it is important to understand the difference, because your defense strategy may depend on how the charges are filed. One of the most litigated areas of criminal defense in Florida is that of drug charges. The State takes a tough position on these types of charges; therefore the range of punishment can be harsh.

Three types of drug charges (relating to possession) to watch out for include:

  • Charges of simple possession, which means the defendant is arrested after a relatively small or minor amount of contraband is found on his or her person.
  • Actual possession, which is a charge similar to simple possession but the quantity of drugs found on the defendant, is of a more substantial amount.
  • Constructive possession, which is a bit confusing because the defendant was not actually in possession of any substance, in any amount. The charge is that the defendant knew the substance was within their access, and could easily be actually possessed.

A person can face any of these three types of possession charges by possession of an actual drug, drug paraphernalia, growing or trafficking drugs, or obtaining drugs under false pretenses (such as by a forged prescription, which also carries additional charges along with the possession charge). In order to effectively combat drug charges, a solid defense is necessary. A conviction of a drug charge can dramatically change your life, in that you will now have a criminal record which can make getting a job or into school a challenge. Take charge of your future by partnering with an experienced criminal defense attorney today. We work with you to help keep you out of jail and to keep the financial penalties at a minimum. Call our office for a review of the facts of your case, and allow us to provide a defense that is tailored to your specific needs.


For more information about criminal defense, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to helping you resolve your case in a satisfactory way.