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What to Do if You Are Caught With a Controlled Substance


Drug possession laws vary from state to state. So what do you do if you find yourself facing drug possession charges of a controlled substance in the state of Florida? The first thing you should do is contact a Miami criminal defense attorney to help you determine your rights.

A controlled substance is defined as anything that has the potential to be abused, can be addictive, or that results in physical or mental harm. Examples include street drugs, chemicals, prescription meds, or non-prescription meds.

Florida’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control act classifies controlled substances into five schedules, which range from serious drugs that face the most severe penalties to less serious drugs with the lightest penalties. These varying degrees are based on their potential to be habit forming and the usefulness in medicine as a drug.

The controlled substance you are caught with can also determine the level of punishment you could receive.

  • Marijuana possession more than 20 grams is considered a third degree felony
  • Cocaine possession of any amount is considered a felony
  • Heroin possession of any amount is considered a felony

These are very serious charges, and you should not face them without consulting an experienced drug crimes lawyer.  An attorney can help you build your defense and build a defense against the alleged charges.

Call Galanter Law at (305)576-0244 or (954)524-6600 or visit

Yale Galanter, a Miami criminal defense lawyer, has over 30 years of experience providing discreet and aggressive legal counseling to both public figures and clients looking for precise and excellent legal defense. Yale Galanter is known for his personal representation and attention to your criminal matter.

Yale Galanter is a Miami drug defense attorney well versed in Florida drug laws, with experience in the following areas: