False accusations of drug possession can be devastating for your personal and professional
life. If you let these accusations go unchallenged, you may have to contend with significant
fines and jail time. It may become harder for you to keep your job or secure work in the
Fortunately, you have the right to recourse after facing undue drug possession charges.
Naples’ drug possession attorneys can help you establish a defense to bring forward before a
judge. Together, we can fight to reduce or overturn the drug possession charges brought
Florida police officers are permitted to charge a person with drug possession
when armed with reasonable suspicion. More specifically, police officers can
arrest individuals they suspect of possessing up to 28 grams of cocaine, 4 grams
of heroin, and/or 14 grams of methamphetamines.
If you are accused of possessing any of these substances or any others considered
illegal in the state, call an attorney immediately. Criminal defense attorneys
can stand with you and prevent police officers from eliciting a confession out
of you under inappropriate or false pretenses. It is in your best interest to
avoid speaking to law enforcement until a representative arrives.
That said, cooperate with law enforcement to the best of your ability if you’re
facing arrest in Naples. Law enforcement can try and add additional charges to
your record. The last thing you want to contend with on top of drug possession
charges are charges for resisting arrest and/or assaulting an officer.
The consequences for drug possession in Florida vary. Specifically, Florida law
enforcement representatives will weigh the charges leveled against you on the
Schedule of Controlled Substances. More specifically, this schedule dictates on
what scale your possible consequences will be assigned.
Possession of any form of an illegal substance can, however, see you face jail
time, prison time, and/or fines. You can expect the severity of these
consequences to increase depending on the nature of the substance you allegedly
possessed at the time of your arrest.
An Existing Criminal History Can Impact the
Consequences of a Florida Drug Possession Charge
If you have a pre-existing record of criminal history, rest easy knowing that the
prosecution cannot bring previous charges up when accusing you of drug
possession. However, if you’ve been accused and brought up on charges of drug
possession before, the consequences you face for an additional charge can
Specifically, the possession of specific substances partnered with a pre-existing
criminal history can see you face anything from a first-degree misdemeanor to a
first-degree felony. You can discuss the nature of the charges you face with an
attending criminal defense lawyer. You can also discuss how you might advocate
for your charges to be reduced or dropped.
If you find yourself contending with undue drug possession charges, you have the
right to bring your concerns forward to a criminal defense attorney. Reaching
out to a criminal defense attorney does not indicate guilt in the face of
criminal charges. Instead, contacting a lawyer allows you to prevent other
parties from misinterpreting your words and/or intentions.
Our Team Represents Your Best Interests
There are parties involved in your drug possession charges who will want to see
you punished for your perceived behavior. These parties can use a variety of
legal means to misconstrue your intentions and/or worsen the charges brought
against you. While you can contend with these parties on your own, it’s often
legally safer to do so with an attorney on your side.
The Law Office of Robert H. Hanaford knows what techniques the prosecution might
use to get you to go against your own argument. We can intervene before these
techniques upend your case. What’s more, we can point out a prosecution’s
attempt to trip you up, making it easier for you to get ahead of any attempts to
misrepresent your case in the future.
Common Arguments Used to Challenge Possession
When it comes time to challenge drug possession charges, you need to know what
argument against those accusations you want to base your case on. Some of the
most common arguments brought against drug possession charges can include:
Police officers misunderstood your relationship with allegedly illegal
Police officers inappropriately placed illegal substances in your possession
Another party inappropriately placed illegal substances within your
The items you allegedly had in your possession weren’t actually illegal
Illegal search and seizure
You can work out how you want to present your case with a drug possession
attorney in Naples. Our team can set meetings with you to ensure that you
present your case as accurately and consistently as possible.
Call Us to Combat Wrongful Accusations of Drug Possession in
Police officers and other members of law enforcement may be quick to use drug charges to
punish those parties they disapprove of. Other times, these parties may inappropriately
assign criminal intent to a person’s behavior. In either situation, the accused has the
right to challenge the charges brought against them. The Law Office of Robert H. Hanaford
Don’t try to go up against your accusers on your own. When you collaborate with our attorney,
Robert H. Hanaford, you can fight to keep your criminal record clear. He has been
representing clients like you for 40 years and wants to do what he can to help. To arrange a
free consultation consultation, call us at (239) 351-1904 or fill out our Contact form.
Hanaford Law Offices is a criminal defense attorney providing
high-quality legal services in Florida across Naples SW Florida and Chicago Illinois.