Fine schedules are set based on the weight of the drug. The fines cannot be waived by the court, only by the State Attorney pursuant to a negotiated plea.
For the crime of trafficking in cannabis (marijuana), the fine is $25,000 for 25 pounds to 2,000 pounds (or 300 to 2,000 plants); $50,000 for 2,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds (or 2,000 to 10,000 plants); $200,000 for 10,000 pounds or more (or 10,000 plants or more).
For the crime of trafficking in cocaine, the fine is $50,000 for 28 grams to 200 grams; $100,000 for 200 grams to 400 grams; $250,000 for more than 400 grams.
For the crime of trafficking in morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or heroin, the fine is $50,000 for 4 grams to 14 grams; $100,000 for 14 grams to 28 grams; $500,000 for more than 28 grams.
Every other substance carries a similar fine schedule. Fines must be paid as a condition of probation, if probation is imposed and the fine is not waived.
It is possible to get fines waived as part of a negotiated plea.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward. Attorney Eric Matheny represents clients charged with drug trafficking crimes.