If you are arrested for a drug crime in Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, the penalties have the potential to be very severe. If you possess under 28 grams of cocaine, you can be arrested for possession of cocaine facing up to 5 years in prison. If you have 28 grams or more and less that 200, there is a minimum mandatory of 3 years in prison and you have to pay a $50,000 fine. IF you have 200 or more and less than 400 grams, you are facing 7 years minimum in prison with a $100,000 fine. If you have 400 grams and less than 150 kilograms, you are facing 15 yeas and a $250,000 fine. These minimums apply to “trafficking amounts” of cocaine.
When you hear the word “trafficking”, you may think that the law only applies when you are selling the cocaine. Under Florida law, you don’t have to sell drugs to traffic drugs. If you buy, manufacture, deliver, or simply possess it, that can be trafficking. In other words, trafficking drugs just means you possessed a large amount of drugs. Contact a Jacksonville cocaine attorney to discuss your rights if you have been arrested for a drug crime in Florida.