Possession of marijuana is a serious charge in Florida with some of the harshest penalties in the country. Simple possession is a misdemeanor. Even if you are a peaceful, recreational user you run the risk of jail time. If you have been charged with possession of marijuana you need to secure the services of an experienced drug defense attorney right away to begin mounting a strong defense.
As a drug defense attorney in Orlando, Hugh McDonnell has resolved hundreds of drug-related charges. He will make every effort to get your charges dropped. His knowledge of Florida drug laws and experience in the courtroom has proven invaluable to his clients and will be put to work for you too.
Factors Affecting Charges and Penalties
Under Florida State Statute 893 is it a criminal offense to possess, manufacture, sell, or distribute marijuana. It is also a crime to possess or sell drug paraphernalia. Penalties are levied based on the violation and range from a misdemeanor charge and a $1,000 fine to life in prison. Among many others, there are several different factors that impact marijuana charges such as:
- How much marijuana was in your possession at the time of arrest? Was it under 20 grams or more than 20 grams?
- Were you attempting to sell the marijuana or was it for your own use?
- Do you have a criminal record? Is this a repeat offense?
- Did you sell to minors?
- Did you have drug paraphernalia on you at the time?
These are just a few of the factors that can affect the charges and the outcome of your case. Mr. McDonnell will sort through all of these variables to construct your defense with the intent to get the charges dropped and your name cleared.
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Contact Hugh McDonnell For Marijuana Defense in Orlando
If you or a loved on has been charged with possession of marijuana or another marijuana crime, contact Hugh McDonnell for a case evaluation.
The firm is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-422-4200 or you may schedule a confidential initial consultation online.
Time is of the essence anytime you are charged with a drug crime in Florida. Don’t delay.