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Destin Marijuana Possession Attorney

Before you read any further, let me get this out of the way. My firm does not represent snitches. If your plan is to work for the police to get other people in trouble, I am not the attorney for you.

Lifetime NORML MemberIf you have been arrested for a marijuana charge in Destin, it is important that you get help from an experienced criminal defense attorney who will always have your best interest in mind.

My name is Tim Flaherty. I’ve been a criminal lawyer in Destin and throughout Okaloosa County since 2001. I am also a lifetime member of NORML.

If you are a college student, or you are planning on joining the military, a marijuana conviction could cost you your scholarships and 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 here on summer vacation or spring break, call me at (850) 243-6097 to discuss how I can keep a marijuana conviction off 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 in prison and a $5000.00 fine.

No matter how small the amount of weed you possessed, if the police 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 anywhere 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 in Destin, I will be your advocate. I will use every option available to try and make sure your case gets dismissed.

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

  • 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 asking the judge to suppress, or throw out, the evidence against you.
  • 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 marijuana possession charge dismissed.

Call a Destin Marijuana Possession Attorney Today

I will make sure that you are kept informed about your case and answer any questions you have throughout the entire process. I will do everything I can to lessen your stress and take the burden off your shoulders. Give me a call at (850) 243-6097.

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