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Brevard County Possession of Controlled Substance Attorney

Controlled Substances Defense Lawyer in Melbourne, FL

If you’ve been arrested in Brevard County / Central Florida for possession of a controlled substance, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney at the earliest possible stage of your case is your best protection.

At the Law Office of Richard G. Canina, our attorneys have well over three decades of experience protecting and defending the rights of those charged with possession of drugs and all felony and misdemeanor drug-related offenses. 100% of our practice is devoted to criminal defense. CONTACT our office today for a FREE Case Evaluation.

The State of Florida criminalizes and routinely prosecutes individuals found to be in possession of certain narcotic drugs and prescription medications without a prescription. These substances are collectively known as “controlled substances” and are categorized into 5 “schedules” under Florida Law.

In Central Florida, some of the most commonly charged crimes involving unlawful possession of Controlled Substances are:

Florida Law

Under Florida Statute 893.13(6)(a), “A person may not be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance unless such substance was lawfully obtained from a practitioner or pursuant to a valid prescription / order of a practitioner while acting in the course of their professional practice or to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance except as otherwise authorized by this chapter. A person who violates this provision commits a felony of the third degree.” If convicted of possession of a controlled substance, a person faces up to 5 years in prison, a $5000 fine, and/or 5 years of probation.

Collateral Consequences of a Conviction

If convicted of possession of a controlled substance in Florida, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may suspend the person’s driver license for a period of one year, regardless of whether an automobile was actually involved in the offense. The person must wait six months before being eligible for a hardship (Business Purpose Only) license. What this essentially means is that the person must go six months of NO driving whatsoever.
In addition, having a felony conviction results in a person’s loss of civil rights including: right to vote, right to bear arms, and right to serve on a jury. Current and future employment opportunities may also be jeopardized.

Possible Ways to Avoid a Drug Conviction

It is important to note that simply being charged with possession of a controlled substance does not necessarily mean you will be convicted or labeled a “felon”. Other than a conviction, there may be several other ways to resolve your case without a felony conviction including reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor, placement in a pretrial diversion or pretrial intervention program, placement in a drug court program, successfully arguing a motion to suppress evidence, obtaining a withholding of adjudication.

Law Office of Richard G. Canina | Controlled Substance Defense Attorneys

Being charged with possession of a controlled substance in Brevard County or anywhere in Central Florida is a serious matter. Serious crimes call for serious representation ! When searching for an attorney, EXPERIENCE MATTERS! With nearly 35 years of combined criminal defense experience, our attorneys fight vigorously to obtain the best result possible for each and every, single client. 

The Law Office of Richard G. Canina proudly defends all residents of Brevard County including Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa, Titusville, Rockledge, and the Beaches. We also serve neighboring Volusia County, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, and Indian River County.

CONTACT the Law Office of Richard G. Canina today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

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