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Destin Marijuana Possession Lawyer

Even with the recent reforms on marijuana laws throughout the nation, Florida remains steadfast in its zero tolerance policy when it comes to marijuana. If you have been arrested for possession of marijuana or another charge, it is important that you contact a Destin marijuana possession lawyer who has the experience and know-how to defend marijuana cases.

If you are a college student, or you are planning on joining the military, it is vital that you take this charge seriously and take steps to protect yourself. A marijuana conviction could cost you your scholarships and Federal financial aid for college. A conviction could affect job opportunities in the future and prevent you from joining the military. Don’t let this happen to you. Whether you are a local resident of Destin, or you’re here on summer vacation or spring break, call me at (850)243-6097 to discuss how we can keep a marijuana conviction off of your record.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Destin

Most people who are busted for weed possession in Destin were carrying a small amount. If the amount was under 20 grams, the charge is a misdemeanor offense with a maximum sentence of one year in jail, or one year probation and up to a $1000.00 fine.

If you were caught with more than 20 grams of marijuana, the State will charge you with felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. This is a third degree felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years incarceration and a $5000.00 fine.

No matter how small the amount of weed you possessed, if the police in Destin believe that you were intending to sell or distribute the marijuana, they will charge you with Possession with Intent to Distribute. This is also a third degree felony.

Regardless of the amount, if you are convicted of possession of marijuana in Florida, you will face a 1 year mandatory suspension of your driver’s license.

Defending your Destin Marijuana Case

In my opinion, it should be legal to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. That is why I am lifetime member of the NORML legal committee. NORML is a very powerful organization that is fighting to legalize the safe and responsible use of marijuana.

Unfortunately, the law still prohibits the possession of marijuana. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a conviction that will follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with marijuana possession, I will be your advocate. I will use every option available to try and make sure your weed possession case gets dismissed.

The most common two ways to successfully resolve a possession of marijuana case are:

  1. File a Motion to Suppress Evidence. We will carefully review the reports and statements in your case to see if the police violated any of your rights during the traffic stop, or during the search of your vehicle, home, or person. If so, we will file a motion in court seeking to have the charge dismissed.
  2. Negotiate a Pretrial Diversion agreement. If this is your first offense, we will work to convince the prosecutor that you deserve a second chance. If the prosecutor agrees to pretrial diversion, your case will be dismissed if you complete the required conditions.

When you and I get on the phone or meet in person to talk about your case, I’ll review whether either of those two options will apply. I will also tell you what other options might be available to accomplish the goal of getting your Destin marijuana possession charge dismissed.

Call a Destin Marijuana Possession Lawyer Today

I will make sure that you are kept informed about your case and answer any questions you have throughout the entire process. If you are charged with Possession Under 20, a misdemeanor marijuana case in Destin, I will have you sign a Waiver of Appearance so you do not have to appear in court and go through the stress and embarrassment of appearing before a judge. If you are charged with a felony marijuana case, I will limit the number of times you have to appear in court. I understand that this is a daunting, confusing experience. We will do everything we can to lessen your stress and take the burden off your shoulders.

Call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097 if you got busted for weed possession in Destin.

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