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Fentanyl Possession and Trafficking in Florida

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In Florida, being caught in possession of illegal drugs is a serious offense. Depending on the type and amount of drug found, the accused could be charged with a misdemeanor, felony, or federal offense. Our Jacksonville defense attorneys at First Coast Criminal Defense are here to discuss Florida State penalties for fentanyl possession and trafficking.

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It is incredibly potent, 100 times more powerful than morphine — which means it can be incredibly dangerous when abused, even in small doses. Because of this potency, fentanyl has become prevalent on the street as it can be easily mixed with other drugs and dried spots of it can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled without detection.

Fentanyl Crime Penalties in Florida

Possession of fentanyl in Florida is taken very seriously and is punished by severe penalties. According to Florida state laws, it’s a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, along with a hefty fine of up to $5000. Court-ordered sanctions may also include drug testing, treatment programs, or community service.

In the state of Florida, fentanyl trafficking carries some of the most serious penalties out of all drug-related offenses. Depending on the amount trafficked, a defendant can face significant jail time as well as steep financial penalties for trafficking this deadly drug. For instance, someone caught with 14 grams or more of fentanyl likely faces a first-degree felony charge. This is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and fines that can reach up to $500,000. When convicted of such an offense, mandatory minimum sentences may also apply, further limiting a defendant's options in sentencing disputes. In addition to criminal charges and penalties at the state level, federal trafficking laws come into play when dealing with large amounts of fentanyl.

Drug Crime Defense in Florida

From comprehensive and experienced legal advice to assistance navigating the criminal justice system, First Coast Criminal Defense is here for you if you are charged with a fentanyl-related drug crime. Share the details of your situation with our team during an initial consultation.