Four Things That Can Determine The Penalties You Face For Your Florida Drug Offense
For decades, authorities all across the country have implemented strict penalties for drug offenses — even those for marijuana despite America’s recent stance on the drug.
Many individuals facing drug charges often ask what they will face: How much jail time will they receive? How much is the fine?
The answer is that it often depends on the circumstances. Here are five different factors that often play a part in the penalties an individual will face.
The Weight Of The Drug
The amount of the drug found in an individual’s possession will likely play a part in the jail sentence. For instance, an individual found with 4 or more grams of hydrocodone could face a minimum three-year prison sentence. Those found with less than that amount may get probation.
The Location Of The Drug
Individual often face harsher punishments if they were caught in possession of a drug within the vicinity of, for instance, a day care or school, convenience store or church. Typically, individuals caught selling within 1,000 feet or less of any of these will face more stringent penalties.
The Use Of A Weapon
Typically, multipliers (as they are known) will increase the prison sentence of an individual facing a drug charge. A prison sentence for a drug offense that involved, for instance, the use of a firearm, will likely be more than an offense committed without a weapon.
The criminal history of the individual facing the drug charge will also play a part in the ultimate sentence. A sentencing score sheet is used, with factors like past criminal indiscretions, that contribute to the ultimate number.
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These are just a handful of factors that often determine what an individual faces. To find out what you are up against, reach out to our criminal defense team at Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A.. We can talk about your situation, the law in greater detail and determine ways to help keep you out of jail.