One of the most popular drugs in the United States is cocaine. Commonly referred to as “blow,” “coke,” or “snow,” this highly addictive drug provides users with stimulating effects, such as a rush of euphoria, increased energy and focus, and the decreased need for food or sleep.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, cocaine was transported from Columbia to Miami at an all-time. According to the New York Times, Maimi in 1981 was responsible for trafficking approximately 70 percent of the United States’ cocaine.
Although the use of the drug is not as prevalent as it was back then, cocaine is still frequently used among residents and visitors alike. However, cocaine possession in Florida is punishable by harsh criminal penalties.
Cocaine is a Schedule II controlled substance in Florida, which means the drug has a high potential for abuse and addiction with severely restricted medical use. Possession of less than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, five years of probation, a maximum fine of $5,000, and driver’s license suspension for six months.
Remember, not only can you be charged with cocaine possession for carrying or holding the drug on your person, but you can also be charged for knowing the location of the drug (i.e., constructive possession). Due to the severity of the penalties for a first-time offense, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid conviction or serious penalties such as prison time.
If you were recently arrested for cocaine possession in Miami, look no further than the Law Office of Armando J. Hernandez, P.A. today to protect your rights and freedom. With more than 19 years of experience, including time spent as a state prosecutor, Attorney Hernandez understands what it takes to obtain the most favorable outcome for Miami residents and visitors alike.
Contact us today at (305) 400-0074 and schedule a free consultation. Thousands of cases successfully handled!