Possession of GHB
In Florida and around the United States, possession of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid is a crime that is on the rise. According to state law, it is illegal to possess, sell, manufacture, or distribute the drug. GHB is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance with a high potential for abuse. Currently, there is no accepted medical use for the drug. If an individual is arrested with possession of GHB, they may face hefty criminal penalties such as steep fines, time spent in prison, and a driver’s license suspension. The best way to fight drug charges is to hire an experienced attorney that has a wealth of experience in criminal law. This is where The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. can step in to provide skilled legal representation.
GHB Defense Attorney, Brooksville | Hernando County, FL
If you were arrested for possession of GHB in Florida, it is important to have your case evaluated by an experienced lawyer. GHB charges can have a significant impact on your future, and they should be taken seriously. Ashley Aulls at The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. has practiced law since 1996. He can help you fight for your freedom by providing quality legal counsel. Florida criminal defense attorney Aulls has offices in Brooksville, Florida but serves individuals in North Weeki Wachee, High Point, Hernando Beach, Hill ‘n Dale, Inverness Highlands, Sugarmill Woods, Lecanto, Wildwood, Lake Panasoffkee, and Bushnell, Florida. Contact him today at (352) 593-4115 to schedule a consultation.
- What is GHB?
- Possession of GHB in Florida
- Defenses to Possession of GHB in Florida
- Additional Resources for Possession of GHB
What is GHB?
GHB, also known as Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. It is commonly referred to as a “date rape” or “club drug.” Although the drug can be abused by individuals of all ages, GHB is mostly abused by young adults at parties, clubs, or bars. Teens often utilize the drug to increase libido and “tranquility.” GHB is also known to treat narcolepsy, which is a sleeping disorder that causes excessive daytime sleeping. Unfortunately, regular use of GHB can lead to addiction and overwhelming systems such as insomnia, anxiety, tremors, high blood pressure, increased heart rates and psychotic thoughts. GHB overdose can even cause coma and ultimately death.
Possession of GHB in Florida
Possession of GHB is prosecuted harshly by Florida law. According to Florida Statutes 893.135, an individual can be charged with GHB possession if he or she knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, possesses, or brings into the state less than 1 kilogram or more of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB). Possession of GHB is a third-degree felony in the state of Florida, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, up to 5 years of probation and a $5,000 fine. If an individual carries over 1 kilogram of GHB, they will automatically be charged with trafficking and their charges will be classified as a first-degree felony, punishable by up 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation and a $10,00 fine. It’s important to note, however, that penalties can vary depending on the quantity of GHB involved. Per the statute:
- If the defendant possesses 1-4.9 kilograms of GHB, he or she will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum 3-year sentence and $50,000 fine.
- If the defendant possesses 5-9.9 kilograms of GHB, he or she will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum 7-year sentence and a $100,000 fine.
- If the defendant possesses 10 kilograms or more of GHB, he or she will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum 15-year sentence and a $250,00 fine.
Defenses to Possession of GHB in Florida
Hiring a knowledgeable Florida criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your possession of GHB case. If you allow The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. to be your guidance, lawyer Ashley Aulls can utilize his experience and resources to build a strong defense on your behalf. Depending on the facts of the case, Aulls can use any of following justifications to fight your GHB charges:
- Lack of knowledge
- Personal use
- Valid prescription
- Illegal search and seizure
- Constructive possession
- Temporary possession
- Overdose defense
Additional Resources for Possession of GHB
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse Hotline – Visit the official website for the Substance Abuse & Mental High Services Administration (SAMHSA) which is an organization dedicated for families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. It offers a helpline that is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Access the page to view frequently asked questions. Drug Enforcement Administration: GHB – Access the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website to view a PDF that discusses GHB. Click the link to read about what is GHB, what is the drug’s origin, what are common street names, and how GHB is abused.
Date Drug Defense Lawyer in Hernando County
If you have been charged or arrested with the crime of Possession of GHB, contact criminal defense attorney Ashley Aulls at The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. today. The consequences of a GHB possession or trafficking conviction are much more far-reaching than you may think. Florida GHB lawyer Aulls can build a solid defense for your case and help minimize the penalties associated with the crime. The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. will fight aggressively and tirelessly on your behalf.
Discover how Aulls can help defend your GHB charges today during a consultation by calling (352) 593-4115 today. The Law Office of Ashley Aulls, P.A. serves clients all over the greater Hernando County area, including Spring Hill, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee, and many other surrounding communities.