Prescription Drug Crimes in Daytona Beach, FL

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Drug crimes are commonly associated with controlled substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and even cannabis. However, the abuse of prescription medication has become a devastating epidemic throughout the United States. Police in Florida and other states have been cracking down on overprescribing healthcare providers, pill mills, and even those who have become addicted. Sometimes those who have been getting prescribed medication for a loved one or were prescribed a medicine by an unauthorized doctor are charged with a prescription drug crime.

If you have been arrested for a prescription drug crime in Florida, our Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Stepniak can help you fight the charges against you. With more than 15 years of experience, we understand what it takes to get the results and justice you deserve.

Prescription Drug Laws & Penalties in Florida

Possession of prescribed medication without a valid prescription from a certified doctor or medical professional is considered a criminal offense. In Florida, prescription drugs are a Schedule II drug because of their high potential for abuse and addiction. Oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, Adderall, morphine, and Percocet are all classified as Schedule II drugs.

Possession of a prescription drug without valid permission is a third-degree felony, which results in a maximum prison sentence of five years and fines of up to $5,000. Possession with intent to sell is classified as a second-degree felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

If law enforcement discovers a significant amount of illegal prescription drugs, it is often considered trafficking rather than possession with intent to sell. If found in possession of more than 14 grams of a Schedule II drug, but less than 28 grams, you will be charged with a first-degree felony, which can lead to a maximum prison sentence of 30 years—with a mandatory minimum sentence of three years—and a fine of up to $50,000.

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