Most people don't think twice about borrowing from friends or lending to them in return. If you have a headache, for instance, you may ask someone else to give you a couple of Tylenol. That's common, and it's certainly not a crime.
When sharing does become a crime in the eyes of the law is when it involves prescription medications. If you take a few Percocet pills from a family member's medicine cabinet, or if you give a few Vicodin pills to a classmate, you are in danger of very serious penalties.
The University of Central Florida points out a few important things to know about prescription pain pills and Florida law:
It doesn't take much to get charged with a serious felony. Unlawfully possessing more than four grams of hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine or a similar prescription drug is enough to count as drug trafficking. Likewise, sharing four grams or more with someone else counts as drug trafficking, which is a first-degree felony. If you have less than four grams in your possession, it's still considered a third-degree felony.
You could spend many years in prison. In Florida, the mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking are:
- 3 years in prison for 4-14 grams
- 15 years in prison for 14-28 grams
- 25 years in prison for 28-30 grams
The fines alone could bankrupt you forever. In addition to prison time, drug trafficking convictions carry extremely expensive fines, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000.
The bottom line is that borrowing or sharing prescription drugs is not something to take lightly. If you have been charged with this offense, or if you simply think you might be under suspicion, it's in your best interest to immediately consult a criminal defense attorney who is skilled in drug crime charges. Don't wait until it's too late to protect your rights. You need to begin developing a defense strategy today.