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Heroin laws are very harsh in Florida

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is causing unnecessary deaths all across the country. Florida isn't any exception. The need to cut down on how many lives are claimed by this monster has led Florida to enact some pretty harsh laws when it comes to crimes related to heroin.

The first thing that you should know is that all charges related to heroin, even possession, are felony charges. These charges all come with considerable time in prison and fines as possible penalties.

A person who is addicted to heroin is likely going to face possession charges. This comes with a prison sentence of up to five years, which isn't likely going to help the person get sober and stay that way. There is also a fine of $5,000 possible, as well as a possible driver's license suspension.

The penalties for selling heroin are even more severe. You face up to 15 years in prison, up to 15 years on probation, up to $10,000 in fines and a suspended driver's license. If you are charged with trafficking this drug, you face some severe mandatory minimum prison terms if you are convicted. These range from three years for four to 14 grams up to life for 30 kilograms as a mandatory minimum upon conviction.

Remember, the burden of proving that you are guilty of these crimes falls on the prosecution. This means that you just need to poke holes in the case against you. Explore the options you have for a defense so that you can determine what you are going to do.

Source: FindLaw, "Florida Heroin Laws," accessed Aug. 04, 2017

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