In the State of Florida, it is illegal to possess any amount of marijuana. Depending on the weight of marijuana in your possession, you may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties will depend upon the amount of marijuana in your possession at the time of arrest:
Contact our firm today to fight the marijuana charges brought against you!
In every Tampa drug crime case, our firm looks for potential defenses to get your charges dismissed or reduced. There are many possible defenses you can raise, including:
Illegal Search/Seizure: Did the police exceed their lawful authority in their search of you, your vehicle, or your home? Were you forced or tricked into giving consent? Either of these circumstances could result in the suppression of the evidence found in your case.
A bad-faith search warrant could result in the suppression of evidence in your case. Similarly, a search without probable cause could yield the same result.
Insufficient evidence: Were you in actual or constructive possession of marijuana? For you to have been in actual possession, the State of Florida must prove that the marijuana in question was found on your person. For the State to prove constructive possession, three elements must be met. Those elements are knowledge of the marijuana, knowledge that the substance was actually marijuana, and finally "dominion and control" over the marijuana found.
At Taracks & Associates our Tampa criminal defense attorneys have over 45 years of combined experience fighting possession of marijuana charges. As former prosecutors, we know how to spot weaknesses in every case. Our first goal is to get the charges against you completely dismissed, even if they are serious felony charges. Our second goal is to make sure you avoid a conviction and prevent an automatic, mandatory two-year suspension of your driver's license.