What is Sell, Manufacture, or Deliver a Controlled Substance in Florida?

In Florida, Sell, Manufacture, or Deliver a Controlled Substance can be a second or third degree felony based upon the substance charged. For example, if you’re charged with selling cannabis, it is a third degree felony. However, if you’re charged with selling cocaine or heroin, you’re facing a second degree felony. In addition to fines, court costs, treatment, and other requirements, you can receive up to 5 or 15 years depending on the substance alleged.


To prove the crime, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. The Defendant sold, manufactured, delivered, purchased or possessed with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver, purchase a certain substance.

  2. The substance was a controlled substance.

  3. The Defendant had knowledge of the presence of the substance.


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