For questions involving state laws, lawyers who are licensed in the same state as the asker are often able to provide more relevant answers than out-of-state lawyers.
For questions involving federal laws (e.g., immigration or patents), this distinction is unimportant.
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In FL, there is no practical difference between a user and a possessor, and the difference between a possessor and a trafficker is simply a matter of weight (i.e. how much of the controlled substance we are speaking about).
Trafficking implies but does not mean “sale”. It is a distinction which is based entirely upon weight. In your case you are correct: With opioids the “cut-off” is 4 grams, under 4g = possession and 4g or over = trafficking (which kicks in minimum mandatory sentencing and bumps the offense up from a 3rd degree felony to a 1st degree felony, the difference being 5 vs 30 years exposure, respectively, in prison.
As for splitting the 6 grams that likely won’t work. In Florida we subscribe to the “principal theory”, meaning that all persons with knowledge and intent are equally responsible for a given offense (in this case both would be charged with trafficking – whether they will be convicted or not is another issue entirely) and drug use / abuse is NOT a defense in Florida. Moreover, the presence of additional controlled substances should result in additional possession charges.
All of this said, still, they may or may not enjoy viable defenses to the charges, affirmative or otherwise, or there may be factual, legal, procedural or substantive mechanisms by which to attack and beat the charges in their unique case, I do not know and the forum to find out is NOT on line; rather it is in the sanctity of attorney’s offices, where statements are privileged and cannot be used against anyone.
You should bear in mind that Florida has 20 different Judicial Circuits, each of which deals with cases in its own manner. Moreover, each of those Judicial Circuits has a given number of criminal court Judges (each of whom is unique), as well as its own State Attorney’s Office (each of which has its own policies and procedures), and a bunch of Assistant State Attorneys (who, although they operate on guidelines as established by their office, are each sentient and independent persons), and each case has its own set of variables (“free radicals” if you will) all of which combine to make it impossible to predict what will happen in a given case.
I know that you have spoken to a few lawyers already but the best way to get competent advise is going to be to find the right skilled, experienced, dialed-in and local 813 area criminal defense lawyer who can follow-up on your information with questions of her/his own, as well as review the police reports and whatever evidence that you may provide and then offer both an informed opinion and a viable plan of attack (I call this a “reasonable litigation objective”), and hopefully one which is within your budget.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
Michael A. Haber
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