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What are the legal distinctions between possession dealing and trafficking in controlled substances in Florida?

Posted by Michael G. Butash | Aug 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

What are the legal distinctions between possession dealing and trafficking in controlled substances in Florida?

Generally, it has to do with the amount or the weight of the controlled substance that the individual has. If you have a small amount, it's generally going to be charged with simple possession, and that most likely would be a felony for all controlled substances other than marijuana. A trafficking amount is usually a larger amount of marijuana or other controlled substances that you have, and, depending on the weight that you have or is in your control, will depend on the severity of the crime. Trafficking a controlled substance can be punishable by minimum mandatory sentences of 3 years, 7 years, 15 years, or 25 years, or possibly up to life.

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Michael G. Butash

Michael G. Butash Stetson University College of Law Florida State University Former State Prosecutor Mike grew up in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from Stetson University College of Law in 1997. He was immediately hired as an Assistant State Attorney for the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas/...

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