Statistics show that approximately 94 million people in the United States have admitted to using marijuana at least once. Marijuana is becoming more and more acceptable not only for medicinal use -- which has been scientifically proven but for recreational purposes as well.
Unfortunately, while Florida has eased back on the harsh penalties for small amounts of marijuana, it has not fully embraced the recreational use of weed. When being charged with marijuana use, possession, or cultivation, the best defense against marijuana charges in Florida is getting the charges dropped.
Moreover, now that the State of Florida has legalized medical marijuana, the process for getting legitimized and obtaining the proper certifications for use may prove difficult, making it easier to be charged with unauthorized use of marijuana.
Attorney for Marijuana Crimes in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Having an attorney who has fought on both sides of the criminal field, as a former Florida State Attorney and now a criminal defense attorney is invaluable. With such knowledge, our criminal defense lawyer can anticipate the kinds of charges that may be filed and act fast to come up with a great defense.
At The Bacchus Law Firm our attorneys fight drug crimes throughout the Greater Miami-metropolitan area in counties like Hendry County, Collier County, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, Florida.
Our office is centrally located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse. If you have been arrested or are subject to investigative procedures in Miami, West Palm Beach, East Naples, or LaBelle, Florida, then contact our firm immediately.
Call (954) 500-5555 for a face-to-face consultation.
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- When is marijuana possession a misdemeanor offense?
- How are criminal charges different if there is an alleged intent to distribute?
- When is a marijuana crime a federal offense?
- How long will an alleged offender's driver's license be suspended for a marijuana offense?
Marijuana is considered a Schedule I substance under Florida law. The Schedule I classification means that the drug has not been approved for medical use and has a high risk of abuse. The marijuana Schedule I classification can be confusing because under Florida law, marijuana has been approved for medical use. However, a small amount of marijuana, twenty grams, has been considered an exception to the Schedule I classification. Any amount higher than twenty grams, and all marijuana concentrates, extracts, and resin is still classified as a Schedule I substance.
Being caught with twenty grams or less of the green leafy substance is charged as a first-degree misdemeanor. In Florida, first-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and up to $1,000 fines.
Additionally, misdemeanor marijuana charges may still result in license suspension, even if adjudication is withheld. A possession of marijuana also known as cannabis sentence can follow you well after you have finished serving the probationary term in Florida.
Being charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana is a different story entirely. Florida law punishes selling marijuana harshly, making it at least a third-degree felony. Charges increase in harshness based on the amount of marijuana an individual possesses.
Evidence of an intent to distribute can be proven in the following ways:
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Large amounts of marijuana
- Large amounts of cash
- Grow house
Large amounts of marijuana can result in trafficking charges under Fla. Stat. § 893.135. Possession of more than twenty-five pounds of marijuana can result in a mandatory minimum of three (3) years in prison and up to $25,000 fines.
With Florida being a major port for organized, international drug crime, trafficking marijuana across State lines or U.S. Borders can result in serious federal penalties. Federal agents are also particularly alert to any marijuana or other drugs that could be carried through airport security. Thus, being caught with marijuana at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport could subject an individual to search, seizure, and arrest by federal agents.
The Controlled Substances Act makes marijuana a Schedule I drug and the mere possession of the green leafy substance can result in federal charges. Any amount of marijuana is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by one year in incarceration and up to $1,000 fine for a first federal offense.
One of the things that individuals are not always aware of regarding marijuana convictions, is that a marijuana conviction in Florida results in an automatic and immediate two (2) year suspension of an individual's driver's license.
Such penalties are added to any penalties that generally come with possession of marijuana, relative to the amount. Small amounts may still result in up to twelve (12) months of probation, random drug screenings, community service, or mandatory enrollment in a drug and alcohol evaluation program.
Attorney for Marijuana Crimes in Broward County, FL
If you or someone you know is being investigated by the Federal government or the Florida law enforcement for marijuana drug crimes, then contact The Bacchus Law Firm immediately. Speaking with the police will not be in your best interest until you have fully retained counsel and been advised whether to do so.
The attorneys at The Bacchus Law Firm care about its clients and are dedicated to providing the best possible defense in drug crimes and other criminal matters.
We have years of experience defending clients against marijuana crimes, trafficking, and possession with the intent to sale throughout the Miami-metropolitan area, and at the Federal level in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Our attorneys take cases throughout the Miami-metropolitan area in cities like LaBelle, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and East Naples, Florida.
With offices just minutes from the Broward County Central Courthouse, individuals with potential drug charges in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Hendry County, and Palm Beach County, Florida should contact our office immediately.
Call (954) 500-5555 for more information about how our office can help.