Possession of GHB

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Most notably used to treat narcolepsy (a sleeping disorder that causes overwhelming daytime sleepiness), GHB or gamma hydroxybutyric acid is one of the many active ingredients in Xyrem. Due to its high potential for abuse and the fact that there is no currently accepted medical use for the drug in the U.S., it is labeled a Schedule I substance. This puts GHB among the ranks of LSD, ecstasy, and heroin.

Per Florida Statute § 893.135, possessing less than 1 kilogram of GHB is a third-degree felony in Florida.  Anyone caught in possession of over one kilogram of GH, however, will be facing trafficking charges which is a first-degree felony in Florida and carries hefty criminal penalties. Best protect yourself against criminal prosecution by securing the legal services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The Orlando GHB possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are zealous drug defense attorneys with a wealth of experience representing individuals facing a range of drug charges. A criminal conviction for a drug charge in Florida has grave consequences that can affect your personal and professional life. Discover the full extent of your criminal defense options by reaching out to us today.

Florida Penalties for GHB Possession

Getting caught with less than 1 kilogram of GHB in your active or constructive possession can result in felony possession charges. Those found guilty of this third-degree felony face the following criminal penalties:

  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Up to 5 years probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

Florida does not take drug charges lightly and will aggressively prosecute those suspected of committing drug crimes. They will expend all available resources to get a strong enough case to get a criminal conviction. Match their efforts by securing the legal services of a seasoned criminal defense attorney with experience defending against drug crimes.

Defenses Against GHB Possession Charges

Having an informed attorney as your legal counsel can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. The criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky law firm will take the time to evaluate the facts of your case and identify every potential gap in evidence that can lead to charges being lessened or dropped altogether. Everything from the initial stop to how the drug was found will be scrutinized to help refute the allegations. The following include some of the most effective defenses to drug possession charges:

Illegal Search & Seizure

Law enforcement overstepped their authority by coercing you to agree to a search or simply required you to submit to a search. The judge can suppress any evidence found during the search in such instances.

Lack of Knowledge

You were unaware that the GHB was in your possession. When bringing forth a lack of knowledge defense, however, you must also testify that you didn’t understand that the substance itself was illegal.

Constructive Possession

More than one person had access to the area where the GHB was found. When refuting the defense, the State must prove that you had knowledge of the GHB’s presence and that you had dominion and control over the drug as well.

Temporary Possession

You only had temporary, transitory, or momentary possession of the GHB and never had complete dominion and control over the drug.

Overdose Defense

You were experiencing an overdose or assisting an individual experiencing an overdose at the time the drugs were found. You are immune from prosecution for GHB possession in such instances.

Orlando GHB Possession Defense Lawyers

The team of GHB possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm has over 100 years of combined experience and time spent as state and local prosecutors. Founder of the firm, William Umansky has decades of legal experience and takes the time to listen to the issue of every client who walks through the doors. He then pair them with the attorney best fit to their specific situation. Discover how our legal team can help defend against your GHB possession charges. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.