If you’ve recently been charged with possession of drugs, controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, drug trafficking or manufacturing in Orlando, whether it was marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, molly, methamphetamine, even prescription drugs, the stakes are high and complexity of these types of criminal allegations are very serious. The attorneys at HAWM Law are experienced in drug cases and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome.
Conviction of drug possession can have a devastating impact on your life, your future may depend on the experience, knowledge and skill of the attorney who handles your case.
The most consumed illegal substance in Orlando is marijuana, also known as cannabis, weed or pot, it is classified as a Schedule 1drug, meaning it “has a high potential for abuse and has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and in its use under medical supervision does not meet accepted safety standards.” See Florida Statute 893.03(1).
Common cannabis offenses include:
Misdemeanor marijuana possession: When someone possesses under 20 grams of any part of the marijuana plant, including stems and seeds. This consists of both constructive and actual possession. Constructive possession means it does not actually have to be in a person’s possession, they have to know about the marijuana and have the means to control the substance. A misdemeanor conviction of marijuana carries a fine of $1,000 and a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
Felony marijuana possession: Either constructive or actual possession of 20 grams or more of cannabis. Felony conviction carries a fine of $5,000 and a maximum penalty of five years in jail.
Trafficking marijuana: When someone knowingly purchases, sells, delivers, manufactures, over 25 pounds of marijuana or cultivates over 300 marijuana plants, commits a felony of the first degree.
According to Florida Statute 893.135
1. Is in excess of 25 pounds, but less than 2,000 pounds, or is 300 or more cannabis plants, but not more than 2,000 cannabis plants, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and the defendant shall be ordered to pay a fine of $25,000.
2. Is 2,000 pounds or more, but less than 10,000 pounds, or is 2,000 or more cannabis plants, but not more than 10,000 cannabis plants, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and the defendant shall be ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.
3. Is 10,000 pounds or more, or is 10,000 or more cannabis plants, such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $200,000.
Your rights should be preserved in all situations. If you feel that your rights have been violated or you’ve been charged with possession of drugs, controlled substance or drug paraphernalia, drug trafficking or manufacturing contact HAWM Law. We investigate the facts and use our expertise to aggressively protect your rights, ensuring you have the best possible defense.