Police arrived on the scene of a noise complaint. The officers smelled marijuana and asked the suspect if there was any inside the home. The defendant handed the officers 30 grams of marijuana hidden from inside the kitchen. Officers arrested the defendant and charged him with felony drug possession.
Felony Drug Possession
In Florida, drug charges are very serious with strict penalties. It is a felony in the third degree for possession of 20 grams or more of marijuana. This is penalized by up to 5 years in prison, a fine of $5,000, or both.
The prosecution will need to prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The prosecution will need to prove that the amount of drugs found were illegal and are a controlled substance.
- The prosecution will need to prove that the defendant had knowledge that the illegal drug was in their possession.
- The prosecution will need to prove that the defendant had control over the controlled substance.
Other Consequences of Felony Drug Possession
In addition to the penalties listed above, a person will face many other consequences for a felony drug possession charge, including the following:
- Inability to obtain employment at various places
- Ineligible for public housing
- Probation period
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Turned down by certain colleges
- Inability to obtain a state license for some professions
- You may not be eligible for financial aid or scholarships
- Ruining your reputation
You will have to mark the box on applications asking if you have ever been convicted of a felony. Landlords have the right to not accept you as a tenant. If you lie about this, you will face further penalties and consequences.
Musca Law Firm – Your Drug Possession Attorneys
At Musca Law Firm, we believe in second chances. That is why we will listen to your case and then develop a strong legal defense on your behalf. We can expose the weaknesses of the prosecution at a trial. However, in certain cases, we will bypass the prosecution and directly deal with the judge to resolve a case.
Our lawyers have over 150 years of combined legal experience under our belt. We will work hard to find witnesses and facts that pertain to your case. Our goal is to find an outcome that is very favorable for you. We want you to have that second chance!
In order to fight your drug possession charge, it is in your best interest to obtain the services of a skilled lawyer. At Musca Law Firm, we have successfully handled many felony drug possession cases.
Please contact us today at (888) 484-5057 to schedule your free initial case consultation. We have extended night and weekend hours for your convenience. Our law offices are located in Orlando, New Port Richey, Clearwater, Naples, Boca Raton, and many other Florida cities. We look forward to hearing about your case and meeting you.
RESULT: The Musca Law Defense Attorney bypassed dealings with the prosecution and resolved the case directly with the Judge. The attorney resolved the case later in the day without probation, drug testing, license suspension and/or a jail/prison sentence.