Possession of most controlled substances is a felony in Florida. However, there are a few exceptions. One is for the most common illegal drugs is cannabis. People charged with possessing a very small amount of marijuana may instead be charged with a misdemeanor. Although it is a lesser charge, people facing these accusations should be no less concerned. A misdemeanor can still have a profound impact on your future.
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If you face charges for misdemeanor possession of cannabis, it is critical you take action today. Your best course of action is to acquire the services of a skilled defense attorney who can represent you and fight for your rights.
A Fort Lauderdale marijuana misdemeanor lawyer from Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can represent you if you face possession charges anywhere in Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Miramar, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, Plantation and Wilton Manors.
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If prosecutors can prove a person had in his or her actual or constructive possession 20 grams or less of any part of the marijuana plant, that person may be convicted of first-degree misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance.
"Any part of the plant" means both useable and unuseable portions. For instance, if you are alleged to have been in possession of a 30-gram plant, but only 15 grams were smokeable parts, you still would face felony charges.
"Actual" possession means the pot allegedly was found on the accused, including in his or her pockets, purse or handbag. "Constructive" possession means the marihuana was allegedly somewhere where the accused had control, such as in a locked trunk, a glove compartment or in luggage.
If you are convicted of misdemeanor possession of cannabis, you could face a fine of up to $1,000, and can be sentenced to up to six months in jail, or you may face probation. Additionally, your driver's license may be suspended for up to two years.
However, there are other consequences to a misdemeanor marijuana conviction. For instance, if you are a student or seeking to go to college, you could lose federal financial aid. Also a minor cannabis conviction may seem like no big deal, but it may make potential employers, admissions officers and loan officers think twice when it appears in a background check.
Broward County was one of the first jurisdictions in the country to have a "drug court." This diversion program is often a good fit for people facing misdemeanor cannabis charges. Under the drug court program, a person goes through drug screening, counseling, therapy and other programs while monitored by the court. Successful completion means the charges are dismissed.
Drug court may be the best outcome. If it is, then your attorney can help guide your admission into the program. However, your attorney can also advise you if fighting the charges is the better option. Make sure you understand your rights and options before making a decision.
Misdemeanor marijuana possession charges are still very serious. It is critical to your future that you take actions today. Contact a skilled Fort Lauderdale marijuana misdemeanor lawyer today to fight for your rights. Call Meltzer & Bell, P.A. at (954) 716-8538 to schedule a free consultation.
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