What is Trafficking in Florida?

In Florida, Trafficking is a first degree felony. In addition to fines, court costs, and other requirements, you can receive up to 30 years in state prison. Under Florida law, Trafficking offense also carry minimum mandatory sentences and fines that are discussed below.

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

  1. The Defendant knowingly possessed, sold, purchased, manufactured, delivered, or brought into Florida a substance.

  2. The substance was a certain controlled substance or a mixture containing a certain controlled substance.

  3. The certain controlled substance or mixture containing a certain controlled substance weighed over the statutory amount (the amount depends on what substance is alleged).

 

What are trafficking minimum mandatory sentences?

It is important to note that if you’re charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, you’re also facing a minimum mandatory sentence. The court has no discretion but to sentence you to these minimum mandatory sentences if convicted.

Here is a chart that covers some, but not all, of the minimum mandatory sentences required by Florida law:

Substance                   Amount Alleged                                     Minimum Mandatory                      Fine

Cannabis                     25 – 2000 pounds                                  3 years                                             $25,000

                                     2000 – 10,000 pounds                           7 years                                             $50,000

                                     Over 10,000 pounds                              15 years                                           $200,000

 

Cocaine                        28 – 200 grams                                     3 years                                             $50,000

                                      200 – 400 grams                                  7 years                                             $100,000

                                      400 grams  -- 150 kilograms              15 years                                           $250,000

 

Opiates & Heroin          4 – 14 grams                                        3 years                                              $50,000

                                       14 – 28 grams                                     15 years                                            $100,000

                                       28 grams – 30 kilograms                   25 years                                            $500,000

 

Hydrocodone                28 – 50 grams                                      3 years                                               $50,000

                                       50 – 100 grams                                   7 years                                               $100,000

                                       100 – 300 grams                                 15 years                                            $500,000

                                       300 grams – 30 kilograms                 25 years                                            $750,000

Oxycodone                     7 – 14 grams                                       3 years                                                $50,000

                                       14 – 25 grams                                      7 years                                              $100,000

                                       25 – 100 grams                                   15 years                                            $500,000

                                       100 grams – 30 kilograms                 25 years                                            $750,000

Fentanyl                          4 – 14 grams                                      3 years                                                $50,000

                                        14 – 28 grams                                    15 years                                             $100,000

                                        28 grams or more                              25 years                                             $500,000

If you are a loved one has been charged with this serious crime, please contact us today for a free consultation!