As a Jacksonville Pill Crime Law Firm, we have represented many people in Duval County, Clay County, and Nassau County who have been arrested for drug crimes in Jacksonville. A drug crime that is becoming more and more common is possession pills without a prescription. The most common pills people possess without a prescription are Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Xanax. The formal name for this crime is possession of a controlled substance and it is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Many people think that if they are given the pills by a friend, as opposed to buying the pills on the street, that makes the possession legal. It does not.
To prove the crime of possession of a controlled substance, the state would have to prove the defendant possessed the pills without a prescription, the substance was in fact a controlled substance, and the defendant had knowledge of the presence of the pills.