Florida State laws prohibit manufacturing and cultivation of illegal substances, such as manufacturing of cocaine and methamphetamine and growing cannabis. Florida Statutes Sections 893.13 and 893.149 outline drug manufacturing crimes and penalties, depending on the type of controlled substance manufactured or cultivated. Cannabis cultivation is a possible third degree felony with a possible prison sentence up to 5 years and a fine up to $5,000.00. Any other controlled substances qualify as a second degree felony with a possible prison sentence up to 15 years and a fine up to $10,000.00. The charges can further increase if a crime took place within 1,000 feet of an educational, religious, recreational, or child care facility, which is prosecuted as a first degree felony.
Beyond charging an individual with a crime, the State may seize their property and assets if the there is a nexus to criminal activity. Some of the defenses against drug manufacturing charges are medical necessity and illegal search and seizure. Mr. Stewart can weigh the evidence in your case to determine if the Law Enforcement Agency illegally targeted you as a criminal or seized your property without a probable cause. Contact Stewart Law Firm at 850-689-4529 for your free consultation today.