On Saturday (May 25th) and Sunday (May 26th) this Memorial Day Weekend, Sunset Music Festival is held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL. The lineup consists of the top EDM artists around the world, including Zedd, Kaskade, Illenium, Alison Wonderland, and Skrillex (one half of Dog Blood).
While raves are a celebration of modern dance music, art, and the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) lifestyle, you don’t want to ruin the fun by getting arrested and spending the weekend behind bars. If you are traveling from Miami to the festival, you need to understand the consequences of getting caught with illegal drugs such as ecstasy (MDMA), cocaine, and cannabis.
Raves often have paid security guards go through your pockets, backpacks, purses, and wallets before festival goers enter the venue. If they discover anything that is illegal, security will escort you to a holding area and contact the local police.
The following are the penalties for Florida drug crimes:
- Possession of MDMA – Ecstasy or “molly” is a Schedule I narcotic. Possession of less than 10 grams is a third-degree felony, punishable by a maximum five-year prison term and fine no more than $5,000.
- Trafficking of MDMA – Possession of 10 grams or more of MDMA is considered trafficking in Florida. If you are convicted of trafficking between ten and 200 grams of MDMA, you will serve a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and be subject to a maximum $50,000 fine.
- Possession of cocaine – Cocaine is a Schedule II narcotic. Possession of less than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony.
- Trafficking of cocaine – Possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine is considered trafficking in the state. If you are convicted of trafficking between 28 and 199 grams of cocaine, you will serve a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years and be subject to a maximum $50,000 fine.
- Possession of cannabis – While Florida has legalized the medicinal use of marijuana, recreational use is still against the law. Possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum one-year jail sentence, a fine not exceeding $1,000, and even driver’s license suspension. Possession of more than 20 grams is a third-degree felony.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime at the Sunset Music Festival this weekend, Hubbs Law Firm can help you obtain the best results possible, which includes avoiding jail time. As former prosecutors, our legal team can guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system and get your life back on the right path.
For more information about our legal services, contact us at (305) 376-7178 today.
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