Any arrest that involves any amount of a controlled substance has the potential to create all sorts of problems for the person involved. Even seemingly minor possession crimes can have potential lifelong consequences for alleged offenders.
In addition to possible incarceration and fines, people convicted of criminal offenses involving illegal drugs can experience extreme hardship when it comes to obtaining employment, housing, or student loans if they have one of these crimes on their criminal records. When a person is charged with any kind of criminal offense involving a controlled substance, it is critical to seek legal counsel for help possible filing a motion to suppress evidence if the police unlawfully seized the illegal drugs.
Criminal Defense Lawyer for Drug Crimes in Broward County
Were you arrested or do you think that you could be under investigation for an alleged drug crime in Florida? The Hoffman Firm can fight to have the criminal charges in your case significantly reduced or possibly even dismissed.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman aggressively defends clients in Deerfield Beach, Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, and many surrounding areas in Broward County. Call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form today to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer review your case.
Florida Drug Crimes Information Center
- What are some of the criminal charges people face in drug cases?
- How does Florida classify different kinds of controlled substances?
- Where can I find more information about programs for people facing drug charges?
The classification and grades of criminal offenses involving controlled substances are based not only on the type of the drug involved, but also the amount in question. Most controlled substance crimes in Florida are prosecuted the Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, or Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes.
The Hoffman Firm handles several different kinds of drug cases, including:
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
- Drug Trafficking;
- Drug Manufacturing;
- Cocaine Trafficking;
- Transporting Drugs;
- Manufacturing Methamphetamine;
- Conspiracy to Manufacture;
- Possession of Controlled Substance;
- Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Sell;
- Possession of Prescription Drugs;
- Prescription Fraud/Doctor Shopping;
- Sale or Delivery of a Controlled Substance; and
- Distribution of a Controlled Substance.
The federal government classified drugs by creating five schedules when the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was enacted in 1970. Florida Statute § 893.03 also contains five schedules for drugs that are largely the same as the federal schedules.
For certain crimes, the schedule of a controlled substance can have a dramatic impact on the severity of the criminal charges. Florida defines its drug schedules as follows:
- Schedule I — A substance in Schedule I has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and in its use under medical supervision does not meet accepted safety standards. Substances controlled in Schedule I include, but are not limited to 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy), cannabis (marijuana), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), heroin, and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
- Schedule II — A substance in Schedule II has a high potential for abuse, a currently accepted but severely restricted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of the substance may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Substances controlled in Schedule II include, but are not limited to hydrocodone, opium, methamphetamine, and cocaine.
- Schedule III — A substance in Schedule III has a potential for abuse less than the substances contained in Schedules I and II, a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of the substance may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence or—in the case of anabolic steroids—may lead to physical damage. Substances controlled in Schedule III include, but are not limited to dronabinol (synthetic tetrahydrocannabinol [THC]), ketamine, nalorphine, and anabolic steroids.
- Schedule IV — A substance in Schedule IV has a low potential for abuse relative to the substances in Schedule III, a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of the substance may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to the substances in Schedule III. Unless specifically excepted or unless listed in another schedule, any material, compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of a substance listed under Florida Statute § 893.03(4)—including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation—are controlled in Schedule IV. Substances controlled in Schedule IV include, but are not limited to lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), and alprazolam (Xanax).
- Schedule V — A substance, compound, mixture, or preparation of a substance in Schedule V has a low potential for abuse relative to the substances in Schedule IV, a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of such compound, mixture, or preparation may lead to limited physical or psychological dependence relative to the substances in Schedule IV. Substances controlled in Schedule V include any compound, mixture, or preparation containing pyrovalerone or buprenorphine or limited quantities of opium, diphenoxylate, ethylmorphine, dihydrocodeine, or codeine.
Drug Court Treatment Program | Broward Sheriff's Office — Broward County's Drug Court was created in 1991, making it the third oldest drug court in the United States. On this website, you can learn more about the criteria that allows alleged offenders to participate in the drug court program and the types of programs that the Broward Sheriff's Office’s Drug Court Treatment Division uses. You can also find links to related Sheriff's Office divisions that deal with drug issues.
Broward County Drug Court
2926 N State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313
Gold Coast Area of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — NA identifies itself as “a global, community-based organization” that offers recovery from the effects of addiction through a 12-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. On this website, you can find the times and locations of meetings in the Fort Lauderdale area. You can also find additional meetings and links on the website for the South Broward Area of NA.
The Hoffman Firm | Drug Crimes Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you believe that you might be under investigation or you have been arrested for any kind of a criminal offense involving a controlled substance, do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. The Hoffman Firm represents clients all over Broward County facing drug charges, including Lauderhill, Dania Beach, Margate, Cooper City, Hallandale Beach, and other nearby communities.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who has experience on both sides of the aisle as a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. He can provide a full evaluation of your case to help you understand your legal options as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or submit an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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