Drug Possession Cases

The real life consequences of a conviction will increase based on the type and amount of drugs involved and the type of charges.  The facts of each case are unique and your defense should be too. Janet Johnson will tailor the legal strategy to meet your needs and she will take time to work with you directly throughout the progress of your case.

Jacksonville lawyer Janet Johnson handles several different types of drug charges:

  • Drug Possession, both actual and constructive. Actual possession is when the drugs allegedly involved were found on your person.  Constructive possession is not as clear, as the drugs could have been found in a car.  Since no one claims them, all people in the car are said to ‘constructively’ possess drugs.  Many people face drug possession charges for reasons that are beyond their control, such as if you borrow a friend’s car, only to have the police discover marijuana under the seat during a routine traffic stop.  Or, giving a ride to your friends, not knowing that they had pills or drugs on them.  If the pills or drugs are then discovered, the driver was said to have constructive possession because he or she should have known that there were pills or drugs inside the vehicle.   Many of the people who are caught in this way are college students who risk losing their financial aid if they are convicted of drug possession.  These are cases to be taken very seriously and Janet Johnson can help her clients come out of the situation with no conviction, no loss of driver’s license and no loss of student loans.  Contact her now for a free consultation 904-634-8991
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute.  This crime is charged when the drugs were in high enough volume to make a sale likely.  When police find more than one ounce of marijuana, they can charge people with possession with intent to distribute, especially if drugs are discovered in many separate baggies or combined with a scale and sandwich bags.  So, the amount of a controlled substance and type of drug paraphernalia found in possession both play a role.  Possession can be either physical possession (on the person) or constructive possession (in a place controlled by the person).  Attorney Janet Johnson has much experience defending clients against accusations of possession with intent to distribute in the Jacksonville, Florida area.  She strives to have charges reduced or dismissed by challenging evidence brought against her clients.    There have been cases where people were pulled over for minor traffic violations and end up having their vehicles searched. During that search, the officer may find some amount of marijuana, cocaine or another controlled substance, plus baggies, scales or other items connected with the sale of such substances.  These connections do not necessarily mean an individual intended to sell drugs.  Also, the officer may not have had probable cause to search the vehicle. Attorney Janet Johnson will thoroughly investigate everything that happened to you, from an initial investigation through to whether or not your rights were protected through criminal procedures.   Contact Janet Johnson today for a free consultation and find out what your rights are  904-634-8991.
  • Drug Trafficking is a very serious offense which must be taken seriously.  This charge is determined solely by weight of the items found.  If the quantity of drugs was significant, the officer will charge you with trafficking.  If you are convicted, there is mandatory minimum jail time and fines.  Do not take a chance with your case.  Contact Janet Johnson immediately to get the help you need to defend these charges:  904-634-8991.