Marijuana Crimes Defense Lawyer
Punta Gorda Criminal Defense Attorney
Drug crimes are heavily penalized in the State of Florida. Florida law enforcement works directly to keep it out of the hands of children and other Punta Gorda residents. If convicted of marijuana possession charge, the penalties will come quickly.
It is important that the moment you are arrested that you action immediately. A Punta Gorda criminal defense lawyer from our firm may be able to help you dismiss or reduce charges and sentencing.
Penalties for Marijuana Offenses
Florida penalties for marijuana crimes range based on the amount that law enforcement believed to have been in your possession at the time of the arrest, but this doesn’t just equate to marijuana – it can include marijuana paraphernalia as well, such as smoking devices, rolling papers, and scales containing drug residue.
- Possession charges essentially boil down to the following:
- Under 20 grams – misdemeanor offense, up to 1 year in jail, max fine of $1,000
- Over 20 grams – felony offense, 5-15 years in prison, max fine of $15,000
Sales of marijuana are taken very seriously in Florida as well. If anyone is caught distributing 20 grams or less of the substance, they could spend an entire year in jail and somehow pay $10,000 in fines. As the amount of marijuana increases, the charges are brought up to a felony, and could yield sentences as high as a fine of $200,000 and 30 years in state prison. If sale or distribution occurs within 1,000 feet of a school or park, the penalties are even more severe.
Florida Criminal Code §893.13, .09, .13 and 775.082 stipluates that marijuana is still classified as an illegal drug in the State of Florida, and anyone caught with any amount of it will face a criminal charge. This is backed by the United States federal government, as they still consider it to be an illegal drug as well.
Working with Leskovich Law Group, P.A.
Are you facing a drug crime charge? Now is the time to retain the representation of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. With our assistance and dedication to our clients, you may be able to achieve a positive outcome for your case. We have successfully handled hundreds of criminal cases and may be able to help you as well.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your legal situation and how working with our team may be able to benefit you and your case, do not hesitate to contact Leskovich Law Group, P.A. as soon as possible and schedule a free case evaluation with a trusted Punta Gorda drug lawyer now.