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What is the punishment for possession/sale of drugs within 1,000 feet of school, child care facility, state, municipal, or county park, college, university, house of worship, assisted living facility?

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Jul 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

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It is unlawful for a person to posses, sell, deliver, manufacture, etc., a controlled substance in, on or within 1,000 feet of any school or childcare facility, during the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 midnight, or at any time within 1,000 feet of any county, state or municipal park, any community center, college, university or other postsecondary school, any physical place of worship or within 1,000 feet of any business primarily engaged in the retail sale of groceries or both groceries and gasoline. Or within 1,000 feet of a housing facility or assisted living facility.

Anyone who violates this provision as to a controlled Substance named in section 893.03(1)(a), (b), (d), (2)(a), (b) or (2)(c)5 of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, upon conviction, commits a felony of the first degree punishable by up to 30 years in state prison, of which the individual must be sentenced to a minimum term of 3 years, unless the offense was committed within 1,000 feet of child care facility, and a fine of up to $10,000.

A Controlled Substance named in section 893.03(1)(c), (2)(c)1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10., (3) or (4) commits a felony of the second degree punishable by up to 15 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Any other controlled substance must be sentenced to pay a $500 fine and serve 100 hours of community service in addition to any other penalty prescribed by law.

In order for this section to apply to child care facilities the owner or operator must post a sign that is at least two square feet with the word legend identifying the facility as a licensed child care facility and posted in a conspicuous place where the sign is reasonably visible to the public.

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John P. Rutkowski

Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-four years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a prosecutor in Florida before going in to private practice.

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