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Polk County Drug Crime Lawyer

Marijuana Possession

The state of Florida prosecutes drug charges very seriously and convictions often lead to imprisonment, fines, and loss of licenses. A knowledgeable lawyer may be able to refute drug charges by investigating illegal search and seizure and alternative reasons for the drug's location. If the charges cannot be dropped or reduced, then you may be eligible for a drug court program. This is a voluntary program that involves drug treatment and close monitoring for non-violent, first time offenders. Check with one of our Polk County criminal defense attorneys to find out how we can defend you against the prosecution!

Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Florida

If you are caught with marijuana or any paraphernalia that is associated with it, then you could incur grave penalties. Here are the penalty details for marijuana possession:

20 grams or less: classified as a first-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by fines of up to $1,000 and a maximum of a year in prison

More than 20 grams: classified as a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Less than 25 plants: classified as a third-degree felony that is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 in prison and a maximum prison sentence of up to 5 years

More than 25 plants: classified as a second-degree felony that is punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and 15 years in prison.

Any who are caught with drug paraphernalia may be charged with a misdemeanor that is punishable by a maximum of a year in prison and a $1,000 in fines. Also, note that those who are convicted of any type of marijuana may get their license suspended for up to two years.

Drug Defenses

There are a number of effective defenses that your attorney can use if you were accused of marijuana possession. If the marijuana was found in a location to which multiple people had access, then the prosecutor must prove that you had knowledge of the drug's presence and that you had control over the drug. If your attorney can show that you had no knowledge of the marijuana or that someone else may have had control over it, then your charges could be dropped according to the law of constructive possession.

Your attorney could also try to prove that the police performed an illegal search and seizure. If you did not consent to a search and the police did not have a warrant, then their search was not legal. Any evidence gained in an illegal search and seizure may not be used against you. Your legal representative could also try to demonstrate that the police had no probable cause for arresting you.

We can fight for you!

At Ayo and Iken, PLC, our Lakeland drug crime lawyers are ready to carefully investigate the details of your case. Our goal is to get your charges dropped or reduced. Our legal team is comprised of former prosecutors, who understand the legal tactics of the prosecution and effective defenses against their claims. Put your case in the hands of a firm that has more than 35 years of collective legal experience. We offer a free consultation in both English and Spanish for those who want to find out how we can defend their rights! Call us now for your free case evaluation.

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