So often my clients ask me if they qualify for a downward departure when facing a drug trafficking charge or drug charges where the quantity is high enough that it qualifies as a "trafficking" charge. This is one of the most devastating effects of our current laws regarding drug trafficking -- A judge has NO discretion to downward depart on a drug trafficking charge UNLESS the State attorney (the prosecutor) agrees. Otherwise, the Judge, regardless of it being a first offense or that the person was not selling drugs, but merely possessed over X amount of a certain drug, unfortunately that automatically triggers these harsh penalties.
Florida takes drug crimes very seriously. If you're caught with a controlled substance and charged with drug possession, you're facing hefty fines and penalties. But if it can be proven that you were trafficking the drugs in your possession, the consequences you face are much more severe.