Drug Possession Penalties


If you are arrested for possession of a controlled substance in Fort Lauderdale, you could be facing serious jail time. Depending on the amount and the type of substance the State has issued sentencing guidelines (see below). Being arrested for drug possession is a serious charge. You want to make sure that you have an attorney that knows the ins and outs, along with all facts of the case. With this information an experienced criminal defense attorney will help defend you against the State’s charges.

Controlled SubstanceMinimum SentenceMaximum Sentence
Cannabis/Marijuana less than 20gDismissed<1 year in Jail
Cannabis/Marijuana more than 20 gDismissed5 years in prison
Cannabis/Marijuana 25 – 2000lbs3 years + $25,000 fine30 years
Cannabis/Marijuana 2K – 10K lbs7 years + $50,000 fine30 years
Cannabis/Marijuana 10K lbs up15 years + $200,000 fine30 years
Cocaine less than 28 gDismissed5 years
Cocaine 28 – 199.99 g3 years + $50,000 fine30 years
Cocaine 200 – 399.99 g7 years + $100,000 fine30 years
Cocaine 400g – 149.99 kg15 years + $250,000 fine30 years
Cocaine 150 kg or moreLife, no parole (exceptions)Life
MDMA/Ecstasy less than 10 gDismissed5 years
MDMA/Ecstasy 10 – 199.99 g3 years + $50,000 fine30 years
MDMA/Ecstasy 200 – 399.99 g7 years + $100,000 fine30 years
MDMA/Ecstasy 400g – 29.99kg15 years + $250,000 fine30 years
LSD less than 1 gDismissed5 years
LSD 1 – 4.99 g3 years + $50,000 fine30 years
LSD 5 – 6.99 g7 years + $100,000 fine30 years
LSD 7 g or more15 years + $500,000 fine30 years