Like any other state, Florida criminalizes the possession of any amount of cocaine. Possession of cocaine is a third degree felony and can result in up to 5 years of probation, up to 5 years in prison, and up to $5,000 in fines. In addition to that, you could even have your driver's license revoked for a year.
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Crimes involving cocaine are punished very seriously in our state, much more so than crimes involving lesser drugs such as marijuana. Penalties for cocaine offenses include:
Constructive Possession Defense
Constructive possession refers to who had actual control of the drugs that were found. If the cocaine was found in a place where more than one person had access to it, the prosecution would be required to prove both that you knew of the cocaine's presence and that you had dominion and control over the substance.
Without knowledge of the drug's presence and the ability to exercise control of it, you cannot be found guilty of cocaine possession. This means that the prosecution will not be able to convict you of possession and your charges may be dismissed.
Illegal Search & Seizure Defense
Evidence that was obtained illegally may not be used to convict you. When law enforcement personnel overstep their authority to search a person's vehicle, home, or person or coerce a person into agree to a search, the evidence may be suppressed. This includes a search warrant that was gained in bad faith or an arrest without probable cause.
We can help you determine if officer's truly had a search warrant to obtain the evidence against you. If they did not, we will not stop until this evidence is thrown out of your case!
Lack of Knowledge Defense
Oftentimes people find themselves in possession of drugs without even realizing it. Maybe you let a friend use your car, stay out your house, or even borrow a jacket. You may have never noticed the cocaine they left behind until officers stormed into your home or vehicle and accused you of possession. You can use this as an effective defense against your charges, but will need a skilled attorney to help you prove your case.
If you have been charged with possession of cocaine in Orlando, turn to Ali & Blankner for your defense. We have more than 85 years of combined legal experience at our firm which we can put to use in constructing a defense strategy for your case.
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