Prescription Drug Charges in Florida
"Prescription Drug Pharmacy records may not even need to be subpoenaed or require a medical release from the patient."
What to do when charged with illegal prescription drug charges?
For years, we have been reporting on drug prosecutions and defenses in Florida and on Prescription Drug Charges from our Tampa office, we have accumulated a wealth of information on law enforcement and their use of Prescription Drug Records, Prescription Drug Busts, Forfeiture of Assets in Drug Cases, and the emerging use of Drug Courts and treatment of drug charges by professionals, in lieu of jail or prison. A summary of these experiences follows.
What are the Minimum Mandatory Sentences in Florida for Oxycodone Hydrocodone Hydromorphone?
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Minimum Mandatory Law
4 – 14 grams 3 years, $50,000 fine
14 – 28 grams 15 years, $100,000 fine
28 grams – 30 kilograms 25 years, $500,000 fine
30+ kilograms Life imprisonment without parole
How can police get my Prescription Drug Records?
We have learned that Prescription Drug Pharmacy records may not even need to be subpoenaed or require a medical release from the patient. See our story here:
Prescription Drug Bust Stories
We have reported numerous prescription drug busts and you can review one of our stories here:
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Prescription Drug Crimes Video
Below is a One minute video from Florida Drug / Prescription Drug Crime Defense Attorney Casey Ebsary in Florida. There are important things to consider when getting help with these offenses.
|Trafficking 4 to 14 Grams|
Form Code: DRUG3912
Florida Statute: 893.135.1C1A
Level: Fel (Felony)
DRUG3912 TRAFFICKING IN ILLEGAL DRUGS 4 TO 14 GRAMS is often charged in Hillsborough County, Florida.
Chapter 893 DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
893.135 Trafficking; mandatory sentences; suspension or reduction of sentences; conspiracy to engage in trafficking.
(1) Except as authorized in this chapter or in chapter 499 and notwithstanding the provisions of s. 893.13:
(c)1. Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 4 grams or more of any morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin, as described in s. 893.03(1)(b), (2)(a), (3)(c)3., or (3)(c)4., or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance, but less than 30 kilograms of such substance or mixture, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in illegal drugs,” punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. If the quantity involved:
a. Is 4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and the defendant shall be ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.
Florida Jury Instruction on TRAFFICKING IN ILLEGAL DRUGS
TRAFFICKING IN ILLEGAL DRUGS — 893.135(1)(c)1 and 2
Trafficking offenses requiring lower quantities of illegal drugs
Attempt (but not conspiracy), except when delivery is charged
If sale, manufacture or delivery is charged
If purchase is charged
Bringing same illegal drug as charged into state
Possession of same illegal drug
"successful completion may result in adjudication being withheld and/or a reduced length of probation"
Hillsborough Pinellas Florida Drug Court Attorney Lawyer
Many Tampa Bay Area Prosecutors have another way to handle drug charges and avoid prison for people with or without a prior record.