Defending Against Prescription Drug Charges
Florida has cracked down hard on the possession or sale of prescription drugs without a valid prescription. The state’s desire to cut down on illegal prescription drug use and sales has led to outrageous penalties. For instance, individuals accused of possessing a few pills without a valid prescription can face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. While oxycodone (OxyContin) charges frequently make the news, the penalties are equally severe for the illegal possession or sale of hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is the primary ingredient in Vicodin and other medications that alleviate pain.
If you have been charged with possessing or trafficking in hydrocodone, it is critical to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, is based in Tampa and defends people throughout Florida against all prescription drug-related charges.
Hydrocodone Offense Lawyers Who Will Be Devoted To Protecting Your Rights
Under Florida law, possessing between 4 and 14 grams of hydrocodone without a prescription will bring a mandatory minimum prison term of three years. While this is bad enough, penalties for possessing increased amounts of hydrocodone are even worse. Possession of between 14 and 28 grams of hydrocodone will lead to 15 years, and possession of 28 grams or more of hydrocodone brings on a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years.
To make matters worse, these charges are based on the total weight of the pill, not the total weight of the controlled substance. For instance, Vicodin pills are a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, the substance used to make Tylenol. If you are found with, for instance, 5 grams of Vicodin pills without a prescription, the charge will be based on the total weight of the pills, not the total weight of the hydrocodone inside the pills.
We will take decisive action aimed at achieving the best possible result in your case. Our skilled, strategic approach has helped many clients avoid the worst penalties associated with drug charges.