Possession of Rohypnol (Roofies)

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Rohypnol which is a brand name for Flunitrazepam and colloquially referred to as Roofies is a powerful sedative that has most recently been categorized as a date rape drug. Doctors prescribe this drug to patients as a short-term treatment for insomnia for its muscle relaxation and anxiety-reducing qualities. When mixed with alcohol, however, Rohypnol becomes extremely dangerous as it can cause amnesia. Law enforcement is aware that people often carry these drugs in nightclubs and slip them into drinks of unsuspecting parties whom often become rape victims.

With Central Florida being a hub for nightlife and tourists looking to enjoy themselves, law enforcement aggressively pursues those in possession of the drug, and the State is unlikely to let them off with a slap on the wrist. If you are facing criminal charges for possession of Rohypnol, speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can make you aware of your legal options.

The Orlando Rohypnol possession defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are passionate lawyers who are dedicated to helping to free their clients of criminal charges. Get in contact with us so that we start crafting your defense today.

Rohypnol-Related Crimes and Penalties in Florida

Rohypnol is a Schedule I drug due to its potential of dependency and abuse combined with its low medical uses. Getting caught in possession of any amount of Rohypnol is a felony offense in Florida. Whether your charge is in the first, second, or third degree will depend on the amount caught in your possession, your intent, and your criminal background. Here are the penalties in Florida for possession, possession with intent to sell, and trafficking Rohypnol.

Possession of Rohypnol Penalties

Per Florida Statute § 893.13(6)(a), those caught in possession of a small amount of Rohypnol will be charged with simple possession, a third-degree felony punishable by:

  • 5 years in prison
  • $5,000 in fines

Distribution of Rohypnol Penalties

Possession with the intent to sell Rohypnol is a second-degree felony in Florida. Those caught manufacturing, delivering, or selling the drug will also be charged with a second-degree felony. The penalties are as follows:

  • 15 years in prison
  • $10,000 in fines

Rohypnol Trafficking Penalties

Per Florida Statute § 893.135(g)(1), anyone caught in possession of more than 4 grams of Rohypnol will face drug trafficking charges which is a first-degree felony. The specific penalties you’re subjected to will depend on the amount of the drug caught in possession. The penalties are as follows:

  • 4 to 14 Grams: at least 3 years in prison and $50,000 in fines
  • 14 to 28 Grams:  at least 7 years in prison and $100,000 in fines
  • 28 Grams to 30 Kilograms: at least 25 years in prison and  $500,000 in fines
  • 30 Kilograms or more: life in prison without parole

Aggravating factors like if you sold to minors, possessed the drug around children or within 1,000 feet of a childcare facility can intensify penalties making it all the more critical for you to acquire legal services from an attorney you can trust.

Orlando Rohypnol Possession Defense Lawyer

The State aggressively prosecutes drug possession charges as they strive to keep Central Florida streets clean and clear of drugs. The State will likely attempt to prosecute you to the full extent of the law, and without a strong legal team behind you, you may fall victim to their tactics. The Orlando Rohypnol possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of experience and can present the most favorable defense strategy for you. In many cases we are able to help our clients avoid going to prison.

Some of the most common defenses to drug possession charges include:

  • Entrapment
  • Lack of knowledge
  • You weren’t read your Miranda rights
  • The substance wasn’t the drug in question
  • Constructive possession
  • Temporary possession
  • Overdose defense
  • Illegal search & seizure

You’ll need a criminal defense attorney by your side regardless of if you are a first-time or repeat offender. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.