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Cocaine sale charges in Florida

There are all kinds of things police investigations into alleged cocaine activity here in Florida can involve and lead to. Sometimes, they lead to a person facing charges of selling this drug. Sale of cocaine is a particularly serious cocaine charge.

Here in Florida, the crime of sale of cocaine is a second degree felony. While standard cocaine possession is also a felony offense in the state, it comes in at a less severe felony degree. Specifically, possession is a third degree felony. So, generally, an individual charged with selling cocaine faces more severe possible penalties than would be the case if they were just facing a charge of standard cocaine possession.

And there are things that can up the potential consequences of facing a cocaine sale charge even more. One is if the person is accused of having sold cocaine within a certain distance of a school. Under state law, the penalties for cocaine sale offenses are more severe for offenses committed near schools.

Among the evidence that can play a big part in cocaine sale cases is witness testimony. So, witness credibility issues can be significant matters in these cases. Many different factors and evidence can touch on the credibility of a given witness. This includes things touching on whether there could be ulterior motives behind the things a witness is saying. Issues related to witness credibility are among the many important issues that skilled Florida defense lawyers can help individuals accused of selling cocaine here in Florida with during the course of their case.

Source: FindLaw, “Florida Cocaine Laws,” Accessed Feb. 10, 2017

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