Simple Marijuana Charge? Think Again!
Regardless of one’s view on the legality of marijuana in this country, at the present it is still illegal in Florida. Depending on the amount involved, a Marijuana related charge can range anywhere from a First Degree Misdemeanor to a First Degree Felony. All too often our drug attorneys of Tampa, receive calls from people who have been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and seemingly take it lightly. Whether it is the remaining roach from a joint, a “dime bag,” or a brick, if you are Adjudicated Guilty of being in possession of marijuana you will be charged with a criminal offense. Our theory is that no criminal charge or Tampa drug charges should be taken lightly as it may have a long term effect on your career and goals. We counsel anyone charged with a criminal offense to seek the aid of an experienced criminal attorney.
For many the idea of a few public service hours and a rehabilitative class is a small price to pay for the ability to smoke. What many marijuana enthusiasts in Florida don’t realize is that it often isn’t the direct penalties that inhibit their lives if they get caught in possession, but rather the collateral penalty that is debilitating. In addition to the penalties directly imposed by the Judge, one Adjudicated Guilty of marijuana possession can expect to lose their driver’s license for no less than 2 years. Adding insult to injury is the fact that one who has a marijuana suspension isn’t able to obtain a restricted license for one year from the date of initial suspension. To put this into perspective, the DUI suspension for a first time DUI is typically one year to eighteen months. Further, because Florida has very little affordable and convenient mass transit, loss of one’s ability to drive for any purpose for one year can have a devastating effect.
If you or someone you know faces a possession of marijuana charge please seek the counsel of an experienced criminal attorney. The upfront money to pay an attorney will be money well spent considering the impact that losing your driver’s license can have on your livelihood. Find out how Tampa drug lawyers Mayberry/Rich can get your case dismissed.
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