The official definition of a Controlled Substance is generally “a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession, or use is regulated by a government, such as illicitly used drugs or prescription medications that are designated by law.” Possession of a controlled substance in Florida is considered a serious crime, and there are major penalties, even for first time and low-level offenders. According to the law, it is considered a felony to be in possession of a controlled substance, if you do not have a prescription for it.
In Florida, Possession of a Controlled Substance is a 3rd degree felony, and comes with it penalties including jail time, years of probation, and thousands of dollars in fines. The penalties vary based on the drugs involved, and the amounts in your possession at the time of your arrest.
For a more detailed look at Florida’s controlled substance penalties, please view our Drug Crimes resource, which includes drug trafficking fines plus sentences for a litany of drugs, both street and prescription.
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