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Fort Walton Beach Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney

Read this before reading any further: I do not represent snitches. If you are currently working for the police to bust other people, or you think you’ll help your case by doing so, please call another attorney. I will not help you get other people in trouble.

Lifetime NORML MemberMarijuana law has changed considerably over the past few years. Many states allow for personal use exceptions where a small amount of marijuana is not a crime. Florida is different. Florida remains steadfast that any possession of marijuana is illegal. While Federal law continues to debate the war on marijuana, if you are caught with any amount of marijuana in Fort Walton Beach, unless you have a medical use exemption, you will be facing criminal penalties.

I can help you fight your Fort Walton Beach Possession of Marijuana Charge

Since 2001, I have been fighting marijuana possession charges for people just like you. Whether you have been charged with a small amount for personal use, or a larger amount of marijuana, you need a marijuana defense attorney that knows what is at stake.

A marijuana charge is not as simple as you may think. There are statutory schemes in place to aggressively punish drug offenders. You need someone that understands the law, knows the prosecutors and the judges, and has the finesse required to avoid a conviction. Call me today at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation and I will tell you how we are going to fight to keep a marijuana conviction off your record.

What is Marijuana Possession in Ft. Walton Beach?

Fla. Stat. 893.13(6)(a) states that any possession of marijuana, whether it’s actual or constructive possession, is illegal. That means that if you actually have marijuana on your person (actual possession) or you have the ability to reach and control the marijuana (constructive possession) you can be charged and convicted of possession of marijuana.

Penalties for Marijuana Conviction in Ft. Walton Beach

The penalties for possession of marijuana vary depending on the amount of marijuana. Possession of marijuana can either be under 20 grams or over 20 grams. Any possession under 20 grams is a misdemeanor offense. Any amount over 20 grams is a felony.

  • Possession of under 20 grams is a 1st degree misdemeanor and may result in:
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • Up to $1,000 in fines
    • Up to 1 year driver’s license suspension
  • Possession of over 20 grams, or being in possession of a grow house, is a 3rd degree felony and may result in:
    • Up to 5 years in prison
    • Up to $5,000 in fines
    • Up to 1 year driver’s license suspension

In addition to the criminal penalties for marijuana possession, there are several other collateral penalties that you may face. A conviction for possession of marijuana, or any drug, can result in the following:

  • Denial of Student Financial Aid
  • Denial of Federal Assistance Programs
  • Denial of Housing
  • Cancellation of Scholarships
  • Denial of Basic Constitutional Rights (when charged and convicted of a felony amount)

If you are ready to fight your possession of marijuana charge, so am I. I have been defending adults, juveniles, locals and vacationers charged with possession of marijuana since 2001. I know the stakes in a marijuana conviction and how to protect you and your future.

Call a Fort Walton Beach Marijuana Defense Attorney

Criminal defense is not a one-size fits all option. I have devoted my entire career to defense against drug convictions. I offer a free, no hassle consultation and I am available 24/7 for you. If you are ready to protect your future, call me today at (850) 243-6097.

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