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Brevard County Felony Possession of Marijuana Lawyer

Felony Marijuana Possession Defense Attorneys in Melbourne, FL

If you have been arrested in Brevard County / Central Florida for felony possession of marijuana,  your best protection is always to retain an experienced, reputable criminal defense attorney at the earliest possible stage of your case.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Richard G. Canina have well over three decades of combined experience defending against both felony and misdemeanor marijuana offenses.

Florida’s marijuana laws are some of the toughest laws in the country. The penalties imposed upon a conviction for marijuana possession can be severe.  Recently, there has been a growing, national trend toward the decriminalization of marijuana. Many states have passed laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana. A few states have even passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana use! Unfortunately, Florida has not yet caught up to this trend. As of today, the Florida Legislature has been unable to pass any laws legalizing or  decriminalizing any form marijuana use, and a 2014 ballot amendment to legalize medical marijuana did not receive enough votes to pass (although a clear majority of Floridians voted to pass it). Possession of even small quantities (under 20g) of marijuana is a very serious misdemeanor offense. In Florida, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes. This means that the drug has “a high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medical use”.

Florida Law

Under Florida Law, it is a felony of the third degree to be in actual or constructive possession of over 20 grams of marijuana/cannabis. A third degree felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years probation, and/or a $5000 fine. If placed on probation, standard probation conditions may include random urine testing, substance abuse evaluations, and drug counseling.

Collateral Consequences of a Conviction

A conviction for a felony drug offense carries with it certain collateral consequences in addition to penalties imposed by the court. As a convicted felon, a person loses their civil rights including the right to vote, the right to bear arms, and the right to serve on a jury. In addition, a person’s current employment may be terminated and future employment opportunities may be severely limited, especially if the person desires to enter the military, educational, medical, or legal fields. Opportunities to pursue higher education may be limited as well.

Also, if convicted of this offense, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driving privileges for a period of 1 year. If suspended, the Department will not allow you to obtain a hardship (business purpose only) license for a period of six months. What this essentially means is that you must go six months with NO driving whatsoever.

Possible Ways to Avoid a Felony Marijuana Conviction

Simply being charged with felony possession of marijuana in Brevard County does not  necessarily mean that you will be convicted. There may be other ways to resolve your case without a conviction including placement in a pretrial diversion program, pretrial intervention program, drug court, by successfully arguing a motion to suppress evidence, or by obtaining a withholding of adjudication. CONTACT one of our experienced defense attorneys to learn more about your options today.

Law Office of Richard G. Canina | Felony Marijuana Possession Attorneys

Being charged with Felony Marijuana Possession in Brevard County is a serious matter. When searching for an attorney, EXPERIENCE MATTERS! With well over three decades of combined criminal defense experience, our attorneys work as a TEAM to obtain the best result possible for each and every, single client!

CONTACT the Law Office of Richard G. Canina today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION.

The Law Office of Richard G. Canina serves all cities and towns in Brevard county and along Florida’s Space Coast including: Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, Cocoa, Titusville, Merritt Island, and the Beaches. We also serve neighboring Indian River County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Volusia County.

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