Drug Crimes

Aggressive Lake County Drug Crime Lawyer on Your Side

Mark Jackson has handled thousands of criminal cases and is well-able to defend any drug crimes case. You can count on him to provide an aggressive defense. He has worked with clients facing drug charges from possession of marijuana to trafficking in methamphetamine, to possession of a controlled substance and prescription medications. 

In the attempt to fight the drug issues in this country, the legislature has created exceedingly rigid rules and strict penalties. Further, in almost any drug crime conviction, a person faces possible incarceration in county jail or state prison, a driver license revocation, and large fines. If you are accused of a drug crime in Lake County or the surrounding Central Florida area you can count on Mark Jackson Defense Law, P.A. to aggressively defend your rights. 

Benefits of Hiring Mark Jackson

  • Free consultation and evaluation
  • Handled thousands of criminal cases
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  • Personalized service

Florida drug offense laws are heavy handed and far reaching. The experienced drug crimes lawyer at Mark Jackson Defense Law, PA looks forward to working with you and obtaining the most favorable result possible in your case.

  • Florida Statute § 893.13(6) — Possession of a controlled substance
  • Florida Statute § 893.13(1) — Possession with Intent to Sell
  • Florida Statute § 893.13(1) or (5) — Drug trafficking
  • Florida Statute § 893.13(1) — Drug manufacturing

Penalties for drug offenses depend on the amount and type of the drug; under Florida law, penalties can include:

  • Misdemeanor of the second degree — Not more than 60 days in jail and/or a fine not more than $500
  • Misdemeanor of the first degree — Potential jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine up to $1,000
  • Felony of the third degree — Potential prison sentence up to five years and/or a fine up to $5,000
  • Felony of the second degree — Potential prison sentence up to 15 years and/or a fine up to $10,000
  • Felony of the first degree — Potential prison sentence not more than 30 years and/or a fine not more than $10,000
  • Life felony — Potential prison sentence up to 30 years or life and/or a fine not more than $15,000
  • Trafficking — Any illegal substance carries a potential 30-year prison sentence.

There are also minimum mandatory prison requirements depending on the quantity of any particular substance.

The Florida Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, § 893 of the Florida Statutes, places controlled substances in five different categories, or “schedules”, based on their potential for abuse, their addictive nature, and their role, if any, in accepted medical practice.

Schedule I — These drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. They include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), magic mushrooms, mescaline, MDMA, ecstasy, and GHB.

Schedule II — These drugs have a high potential for abuse and severely restricted medical use, including cocaine, methamphetamine, raw opium, methadone, codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and Oxycodone.

Schedule III — These drugs have a lower potential for abuse, have a currently accepted medical use, and some potential for dependence. Substances include anabolic steroids and drugs containing codeine and hydrocodone.

Schedule IV — These substances have a low potential for abuse, a currently accepted medical use, and a low potential for physical or psychological dependence. Substances include prescription drugs such as Diazepam, Valium, Alprazolam, and Xanax.

Schedule V — These compounds have a low potential for abuse, a currently accepted medical use, and limited potential for physical or psychological dependence. They include drugs containing low levels of codeine, dihydrocodeine, and ethylmorphine.