POSSESSION OF COCAINE IN FLORIDA
§893.13(6), Fla. Stat.
To prove the crime of Possession of Cocaine, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- Defendant knew of the presence of a substance.
- Defendant exercised control or ownership over that substance.
- The substance was cocaine.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine is a felony of the third degree punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $5,000.
A possession of cocaine conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension for a period of one year which is mandatory.