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Possession with Intent to Sell Hydrocodone Oxycodone Attorney in Tavares, FL

In Tavares and Lake County, FL, what offense is charged in regards to a drug crime is often dependent upon the amount of drug a person has in his or her possession more than any other factor. If you have been charged with possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone, you face serious consequences if convicted including possible loss of your freedom. At Adams & Luka, our criminal attorneys in Lake County, FL work vigorously to protect your legal rights and freedom. If you have been arrested or are under investigation, you must take action immediately to protect your future and freedom.

Essentially, a possession with intent to sell charge is more serious than possession, but less serious than drug trafficking.

Possession vs. Selling Hydrocodone or Oxycodone in Florida

A person must have a valid prescription to even possess one of these prescription controlled substances; without it, possession is a crime. However possessing hydrocodone or oxycodone with intent to sell or distribute these drugs is a felony, and the punishment far more harsh than for simple possession. If you are found in possession of either of these substances by law enforcement but not in the act of selling or distributing the drug at the time, prosecutors must prove the element of intent - in other words, it must be proven that you intended to sell or distribute the drug.

If you were not in the act of selling hydrocodone or oxycodone at the time of your arrest, why would you be charged with possession with intent to sell? There are several circumstances that may result in police and prosecutors deciding on this charge, including:

1. The amount of drug in your possession was greater than what would be considered normal for personal use,
2. Paraphernalia or drug packaging materials were discovered that indicate you were selling,
3. Large amounts of cash were found which often indicate drug sales

Regardless of your circumstances, it is critical to consult with a skilled possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone attorney in Tavares. Depending on the facts of your case it may be possible to have charges dismissed, reduced, or to seek out other legal options such as drug court or diversion programs.

Penalties for Possession of Oxycodone/Hydrocodone with Intent to Sell

Schedule I and II drugs are the most serious and include not only oxycodone and hydrocodone but heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and other substances. Those accused of possession with intent to sell these controlled substances will likely face second-degree felony charges. If found guilty, the punishment you may face includes:

1. A maximum of fifteen (15) years in prison
2. $10,000 fine

It is important to note those accused may face enhanced charges (and increased penalties) if the crime is committed within 1,000 feet of specific locations including a daycare facility or school, park, community center, public housing facility, private or public university or college, publicly owned recreational facility, and more. Enhanced charges may result in a 30-year prison term for those convicted.

In addition to the above criminal penalties those found guilty will have a criminal record, face driver's license suspension, and other consequences.

Contact Adams & Luka Now

As you can see, the penalties for possession with intent to sell hydrocodone or oxycodone are extremely serious. At Adams & Luka, our Tavares criminal defense lawyers are prepared to mount a vigorous defense on your behalf, and explore all potential legal options. We will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Contact our firm immediately for a free consultation.

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