Possession of Morphine

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Morphine is a part of a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics and is most commonly used as a pain reliever. When ingested, the drug works in the brain to alter how the body feels and responds to pain. Although intended to be used on patients experiencing mild to severe pain, many people use the opioid recreationally.

Due to its high risk for abuse and dependence, the United States classifies Morphine as a Schedule II drug. As such, getting caught with over 30 kg of Morphine is punishable by up to life in prison. Protect your best interests and ensure that you’re well-represented by securing the legal services of an experienced drug crime lawyer.

The Orlando Morphine possession lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are seasoned criminal defense attorneys with experience representing individuals facing a range of drug charges from possession to trafficking. Depending on the amount caught in your possession, the State may try to overcharge you. We are here to help ensure that the legal system does not abuse you and protect your rights every step of the way.

Florida Penalties for Possession of Morphine

When dealing with Morphine charges, the extent of criminal penalties you face directly correlates with the amount and weight of the drugs caught in your possession. Being that morphine can come in either liquid or pill form, law enforcement has a specific way of determining the extent of charges. Per Florida Statute § 893.135, illegal possession of Morphine is a first-degree felony punishable by:

  • 4 to 14 Grams: At least three years in prison and $50,000 in fines
  • 14 to 28 Grams: At least 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines
  • 28 Grams to 30 Kilograms: At least 25 years in prison and $500,000 in fines

Once the amount found in your possession exceeds 30 kilograms, you’re likely to face drug trafficking charges which have the most severe penalties. You may also face possession with the intent to sell charges if law enforcement finds items like scales and baggies on your person as well.

Proving Morphine Possession in Florida

The burden of proof falls on the State when prosecuting alleged drug offenders. If they are unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime, the judge can throw out the case, and you’ll be able to walk free.

In a drug possession case, there are three clear elements that the prosecution must prove:

  • You had actual knowledge of the drug
  • The seized material is actually a controlled substance under Florida law
  • You had control of the drug

In possession with intent to sell cases, all elements of possession must be present as well as proof of the accused’s intent to sell.

The State will implement all of their proven effective prosecution tactics to get a conviction, and without the proper legal representation, you might end up falling victim to their tricks. Stand your ground and present a sound defense by securing the legal counsel of the Orlando morphine possession lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm.

Orlando Morphine Possession Defense Lawyers

The Orlando Morphine possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience. As former state and local prosecutors who’ve gotten convictions for drug charges, we have key insight as to how the State will approach your case. We can combat their efforts by applying  one of the following defenses:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Constructive possession
  • Temporary possession
  • Overdose defense
  • Prescription defense
  • Illegal search & seizure

Call The Umansky Law Office today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation and discover which defense option is the most beneficial to you.