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Marijuana Possession Laws in Florida

Arrested for marijuana possession? Contact our firm.

Being charged with marijuana possession puts you at risk of jail time as well as other penalties. This type of drug crime is generally charged as a misdemeanor offense, rather than a felony like other more serious drug offenses. Marijuana possession can be charged as a felony; however, if there is a significant amount found in possession. The distinction between misdemeanor and felony marijuana possession is dependent on if it is under the amount considered for personal use, as found in Fl. Stat. Ann. § 893.13(6)(b). If the amount in possession is above 20 grams, the offense is increased to a third degree felony, as discussed in Fl. Stat. Ann. § 893.13(2)(a). If you are facing any type of marijuana possession charges, team up with an aggressive drug crime defense lawyer in Boca Raton. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so feel free to call me right away.

Potential Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The consequences that follow this type of offense can vary depending on if the amount in possession is deemed for personal use or for sale. Both offenses may result in jail time, but for different lengths of time. Here is the breakdown of penalties that are on the line in your case:

Possession of 20 grams or less (misdemeanor):

  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine of up to $1,000

Possession of more than 20 grams (felony):

  • Up to five years in jail
  • A fine of up to $5,000

Possession of less than 25 plants (felony):

  • Up to five years in jail
  • A fine of up to $5,000

Possession of 25 plants or more (felony):

  • Up to 15 years in jail
  • A fine of up to $10,000

If you have further questions or concerns about the specific laws regarding marijuana possession, you can look into Fl. Stat. Ann. § 893.13 or feel free to contact my firm and I can help. To avoid the serious penalties listed above, you need to obtain experienced and aggressive drug crime defense right away.

Defenses to Marijuana Possession Charges

The Law Offices of Richard Tendler has taken on innumerable marijuana possession cases and the defenses made are tailored to fit the unique facts of each new case. After thorough investigation, there are several potential defenses that can be used to fight against your possession of marijuana charges. Some of the possible defenses include:

  • Illegal Search & Seizure when the drugs were obtained by law enforcement
  • Illegal stop that led to the discovery of the marijuana
  • A lack of knowledge of the possession
  • The drugs belong to someone else
  • The drugs were planted

Even if it seems like the evidence in the case is pointing against you, there may be the possibility of reduced charges and/or penalties. We can also help you look into plea bargains or other ways of avoiding a serious drug crime conviction.

Let Me Help You Defend Against Your Charges

I have 15 years of experience assisting the criminally accused in Boca Raton and the West Palm Beach area and I can help. I know the ins and outs of marijuana possession cases and have had extensive success in assisting clients with their defense. Get started with your case today by contacting my firm or you can fill out a case evaluation form and I will contact you after reviewing the form. I ensure you that I protect the rights of my clients and my tactical and tailored criminal defense approach is proven and effective.

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