Possession of PCP

possession of pcp florida

PCP is one of the many street names for the dissociative drug Phencyclidine. Some others include Angel Dust, Crystal and Tic Tac. The drug is a hallucinogen, meaning it causes sight distortion, hallucinations, numbness, and amnesia. The federal government categorizes PCP as a Schedule II drug due to its high potential for dependency and abuse.

Law enforcement in Central Florida is particularly tough on those who possess, transport, or distribute these dangerous drugs, which is why those found guilty can expect particularly harsh sentences. Protect your rights and freedom by acquiring the legal services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

The PCP possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are seasoned attorneys with a thorough understanding of how the state prosecutes drug offenders. As former state and local prosecutors, we bring to the table a wealth of knowledge of how the state pursues a criminal conviction. We can use our insight to stay a step ahead of the prosecution and start negotiating terms for a favorable solution to your legal issues. Reach out to us today to discuss your legal options.

PCP-Related Crimes and Penalties in Florida

Any form of possession of PCP is a felony in Florida. Whether the charge is a third, second, or first-degree felony depends on the amount caught in your possession, the conditions of your arrest, and your intent with the drug, among many other factors. Here are the criminal penalties for possessing, distributing, and trafficking PCP in Florida.

Possession of PCP Penalties

Possession of PCP is a third-degree felony per Florida Statute § 893.13, punishable by:

  • 5 years in prison
  • 5 years probation
  • $5,000 in fines
  • 1-year driver’s license suspension

Distribution of PCP Penalties

Selling or distributing PCP is a second-degree felony per Florida Statute 893.13(1)(a)(1), punishable by:

  • 15 years in prison
  • 15 years probation
  • $10,000 in fines
  • 1-year driver’s license suspension

PCP Trafficking Penalties

Anyone caught selling, distributing, possessing or manufacturing more than 28 grams of PCP can rightfully face PCP trafficking charges. PCP trafficking is a first-degree felony per Florida Statute 893.135(1)(d)(1) and the criminal penalties are as follows:

  • 28 to 200 Grams: at least 3 years in prison and $50,000 in fines
  • 200 to 400 Grams: at least 7 years in prison and $100,000 in fines
  • 400 or more Grams: at least 15 years in prison and $250,000 in fines
  • 800 or more Grams: capital felony charges

Penalties can be enhanced depending on where and whom you sell/manufacture/distribute the drugs to, or by who is present when you distribute the substance. 

PCP and Second Chances

It’s an undeniable fact that crimes involving drugs like PCP will have a devastating impact on your life and future. Aside from the stated legal consequences, those who get convicted of these charges may pay an additional price outside the courtroom, such as:

  • Loss of trust from your friends and family
  • No longer maintaining a good reputation in your community
  • Losing your job or other opportunities for employment
  • Professional licensing may get suspended or revoked
  • Attending drug counseling or rehabilitation
  • Restricted visitation with your children

At The Umansky Law Firm, we are not just a defense team trying to minimize the damage a drug conviction would bring to your life. Lawyers are also called counselors, and our firm believes that no matter what, everyone deserves an opportunity to better themselves. We work to not only represent you but educate you about your situation and how it could become a learning opportunity that gives you the second chance you deserve. 

Orlando PCP Possession Defense Lawyers

Defending against drug charges can be a tall order, especially when you lack the legal representation of an informed and experienced attorney. Our team of Orlando PCP possession defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm has more than 100 years of combined experience and have helped many people like you mitigate criminal charges and associated penalties.

Depending on the specifics of your case and the conditions of your arrest, we can present one of the following proven effective defenses:

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

Don’t allow law enforcement to abuse their power and stick you with an unnecessarily lengthy criminal sentence. In many cases, we are able to help people steer clear away from the mandatory and terribly long prison sentences the Prosecutor originally wants. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.