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Possession of a Controlled Substance in Fort Walton Beach

Being arrested under any circumstance is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. Trying to figure out your next step will likely also cause anxiety and fear about what the future holds. I want to assure you that you don’t have to go through this alone. I have been defending residents, military members, and tourists accused of drug charges in Fort Walton Beach for over 16 years. At Flaherty Defense Firm, it is always our top priority to make sure that you are well-informed about what is going on your case, answer any questions you have, guide you through the legal process, and obtain the best possible result for you. We will fight to keep you out of prison and keep your record clear of a felony conviction.

If you have been arrested in Fort Walton Beach for Possession of a Controlled Substance, it is important to speak with a Fort Walton Beach drug possession lawyer who exclusively handles criminal cases.

Call our office today at (850) 243-6097 to schedule your free consultation to see how we can help you get your life back on track.

Possession of a Controlled Substance Under Florida Law

Florida Statute 893.13 states that it is illegal for someone to be in possession of a controlled substance for any reason unless they have a valid prescription for that substance. Some common controlled substances that people are arrested for in Fort Walton Beach are:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine (Meth)
  • Codeine
  • LSD (Acid)
  • Percocet
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Oxycontin

Each controlled substance is listed in section 893.03 of the Florida Statues and carries a different penalty. Depending on which controlled substance / how much of it you were arrested for possessing, you could be facing a penalty ranging from probation all the way up to a 30 year prison sentence.

If the prosecutor believes that you were trying to sell drugs, your possession case could be raised to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, which carries a much more serious penalty.

Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription

This is another very common charge in Fort Walton Beach. Often times people are arrested for a drug that, with a valid prescription, would be completely legal. Florida Statute 893.13(6)(a) makes it unlawful for anyone to possess a controlled substance unless it was lawfully obtained from a medical practitioner pursuant to a valid prescription given by a medical practitioner in the course of their professional practice. This charge is a third degree felony with a maximum penalty of 5 years in the Florida Department of Corrections and up to a $5,000 fine. If you were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription, there are legal defenses we can raise to secure the best outcome possible. Call us today to learn more about your options.

Defending Possession of a Controlled Substance Charges

Drug possession cases are serious and a conviction for this charge, whether a felony or misdemeanor, could have life altering effects such as loss of employment opportunities, driving privileges, scholarships, financial aid, potential jail time, and large fines. I will defend your reputation and protect you from the severe penalties that the State will try to throw at you. We will never judge you or treat you like a criminal. Don’t leave your future in the hands of a state employed public defender. We are available 24/7 to speak with you about your Possession of a Controlled Substance case. When you come in to meet with us we will discuss how we can help you.

If you were arrested for drug possession in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere in Okaloosa County, call Flaherty Defense Firm 24/7 at (850) 243-6097 and get the help you need.

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