The Denson Firm

Drug Charges

St. Petersburg Drug Charge Defense Attorney

Call (727) 219-9916  for a free initial, confidential consultation.

Arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine, or designer drugs? Facing charges for drug trafficking?

At The Denson Firm, our Florida drug charges attorney provides criminal defense to people facing Florida drug possession charges, many for the first time. We represent people throughout the St. Petersburg / Tampa Bay area, including college students from USF-St. Petersburg and Eckerd College, as well as juveniles charged with drug offenses.

If you have been arrested for drug possession or another drug charge, contact The Denson Firm immediately. Early intervention by a defense attorney can make a big difference. In some cases, an experienced drug crime defense lawyer can get drug charges dropped before they are ever filed.

Phones Answered 24-Hours a Day. Please call (727) 219-9916 for a free initial confidential consultation with an experienced Florida drug possession defense attorney. We return all calls promptly.


A Drug Arrest Does Not Mean a Conviction

As your Florida drug charges defense lawyer, Bruce Denson will investigate the case against you. He will review everything that happened, from the time the police began investigating, through the arrest process, to the handling of your case. If the police acted improperly in searching you or your property, illegally seized evidence of drug activity, or otherwise violated your Constitutional rights (such as failed to advise you of your Miranda rights), he will move the court to dismiss your case, or ask the prosecutor to reduce the charges against you.

When you work with Florida criminal attorney Bruce Denson, he will:

  • Investigate the prosecutor's case against you
  • Present motions to the judge to dismiss charges, or suppress or exclude evidence against you on legal grounds
  • Explain to you all possible defense options for your case
  • Negotiate a plea bargain, if that's the direction you want to take
  • Present the strongest possible representation at trial if the case cannot be resolved satisfactorily outside of trial

For additional information about the benefits of retaining our firm to provide you with an aggressive criminal defense against drug charges, please visit our Firm Overview.


First-time Drug Possession Charges in Florida

At The Denson Firm, our attorney works with many first-time and youth offenders of marijuana, and other drugs. A drug conviction can have a serious impact on a young person's life and we work hard to get these cases resolved without creating a permanent criminal record. If this is your first offense, please visit our First Time Criminal Offenses.

There are many options for first offenders charged with possession of marijuana, and even cocaine possession with intent to sell. We inform ourselves as to all available diversion programs and, whenever possible, seek pretrial intervention. This is the equivalent of probation, and if the program is completed, the court dismisses the case. Contact a drug charge defense attorney today for a free initial confidential consultation.

In Florida,"It's just a little weed," is not a defense. With the legalization of marijuana happening in other states some people have begun to believe that possessing a small bit of marijuana in Florida is not a crime. It is. Possession of even a personal use amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense and possession of larger quantities is a felony.

Fortunately, most prosecutors and judges will work with defendant's and their attorneys to resolve marijuana cases. We are able to resolve most marijuana cases without a conviction and are often able to get charges dismissed. If you are facing a marijuana charge in Tampa Bay call an attorney experienced with these cases. We can help.

Florida Drug Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine


20 grams or less misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
More than 20 grams felony 5 years $ 5,000
Less than 25 plants felony 5 years $ 5,000
25 plants felony 15 years $ 10,000


20 grams or less without remuneration misdemeanor 1 year $ 10,000
25 lbs or less felony 5 years $ 5,000
25 - 2000 lbs (or 300-2,000 plants) felony 3* - 15 years $ 25,000
2000 - 10,000 lbs (or 2000-10,000 plants) felony 7* - 30 years $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more felony 15* - 30 years $ 200,000
Within 1000 feet of a school, college, park, or other specified areas felony 15 years $ 10,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Hash & Concentrates

Possession of less than 3 g misdemeanor 1 year $ 1,000
Possession of 3 g or more felony 5 years $ 5,000
Selling, manufacturing or delivering felony 5 years $ 5,000


Possession of paraphernalia misdemeanor 15 years $ 1,000


Conviction causes a driver’s license suspension for a period of 2 years


We Handle Drug Cases Ranging from Misdemeanor Possession to Felony Drug Trafficking

An extensive prior record of drug convictions can lead to a charge of trafficking. Sometimes people are charged with trafficking simply because of the amount of a drug - crack, cocaine, or heroin - in their possession, even if they do not have a long history of drug charges.

If you have been charged with possession with intent to sell, drug manufacture, or drug trafficking, you can count on Bruce Denson to protect your rights in court and to present the strongest defense reasonably possible. He prepares each case as if it will go to trial.

Contact The Denson Firm for a free consultation with a St. Petersburg drug crimes lawyer if you are facing charges of marijuana trafficking, crack possession, or other illegal drug law violations.

(727) 219-9916

To learn more about criminal law and read answers to frequently asked questions about criminal proceedings, please visit Criminal Defense FAQs.


The Florida drug possession attorney at the Denson Firm provides legal services to people accused of misdemeanor or felony drug crimes, including possession of marijuana, illegal drug sales, marijuana trafficking, crack cocaine possession, and narcotics possession in the Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida, area of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, including the communities of Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, and Seminole.

Bruce is amazing. Got everything reduced for me. Reasonable price and a out going honest man.
Nic Gilmore
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