A growing opioid epidemic has authorities and the government concerned across the United States. Opiates, which are generally used as pain killers, were easy to access in the past. That made them more likely to be used illicitly, even though they were controlled substances.
One illegal opiate, heroin, has become a serious concern in many states in the U.S. and is part of the growing opiate epidemic. As such, prosecutors and the authorities treat heroin arrests and allegations with growing disdain. That could mean that you may face harsher penalties than you would have in the past just because of the bias these officials now have.
Heroin and other narcotics are illegal under state and federal laws. Florida is not a particularly lenient state; charges for the possession of heroin are felonies. Those who traffic drugs or who deal them to others face significant penalties.
Fortunately, if you’re facing a first-time offense, you do have a few additional options. Some Floridian jurisdictions have special courts that work with drug offenders. These courts aim to help you get treatment for drug abuse and may have other options that can help you avoid spending time in jail. Even if that doesn’t apply to you, you may be able to help the prosecutors in exchange for a plea deal.
Your attorney can talk to you about your options if you’re faced with a drug charge. Depending on the facts of your situation, you can fight for the case to be dropped and to clear your name or work to reduce the penalties you face.