possession of heroin floridaThe criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with a multitude of drug-related offenses, ranging from possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, to prescription drug charges. These skilled legal practitioners appear regularly in courts throughout South Florida in towns including Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens, focusing specifically on clients charged with criminal and DUI offenses.

Having participated in the investigation and prosecution of countless drug cases during his work as a former police officer, founding partner Jay Arnesen is uniquely qualified to evaluate cases involving alleged drug offenses. In fact, his extensive credentials include certification through The John Jay University School of Criminal Justice’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Advanced Training Narcotics Course. This highly regarded program certification is achieved by law enforcement officials serving a variety of distinguished agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, and US Customs Enforcement Bureau.

With the professionalism, compassion, and expertise to address drug charges from both sides of the law, the attorneys at The Arnesen Law Firm are available anytime at 561-419-9630 to provide free legal consultations.

As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney

Possession of Heroin – Florida Statutes Section 893.13

The state of Florida prosecutes heroin-related offenses extremely harshly, as the law deems possession of any quantity of heroin a third degree felony, which entails a maximum term of 5 years in prison for those convicted. These charges can quickly become more serious as the amount involved in the alleged offense increases. In fact, possessing 4 grams of heroin or more is considered “drug trafficking” in Florida, and can be upgraded to a first degree felony offense, punishable by up to 30 years of incarceration.

Criminal offenses involving the possession, distribution, and/or cultivation (manufacture) of heroin are addressed in Chapter 893, Section 13 of the Florida Statutes. Specifically, charges involving the possession of heroin are detailed in Subsection 6 of Section 893.13, which states:

(6)    (a)   A person may not be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance unless such controlled substance was lawfully obtained from a practitioner or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice or to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance except as otherwise authorized by this chapter. A person who violates this provision commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

Possession of Heroin – Potential Penalties

In addition to the penalties listed below, a conviction for possession of heroin in Florida entails a mandatory 2-year driver’s license suspension, as required by Florida Statute 322.055.

Third Degree Felony Possession of Heroin: maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation, and fines not to exceed $5,000

Contact Our Palm Beach County Possession of Heroin Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Florida has some of the toughest drug laws in the nation, punishing those convicted of these crimes accordingly. If you or someone you love has been charged with possession of heroin, it is essential to find an attorney with the experience necessary to take-on the State’s case. The attorneys at Arnesen Law meticulously review these cases for their clients and will work fervently to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Call the offices today, as the team is readily available to provide free consultations: 561-419-9630.

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Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

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