Officer Found Marijuana on Suspect’s Pants During Stop; Charged with Possession


The Charges

Officers approached an occupied vehicle parked in a vacant field with the dome light on. The vehicle smelled of marijuana and the driver possessed a leafy green substance on the front of his pants. The driver participated in field sobriety tests and the officer determined he was not impaired. A search of the vehicle located 3.8 grams of marijuana and a pipe. The officer issued the driver a notice to appear for charges of possession of < 20 grams of marijuana.

Possession of < 20 Grams of Marijuana in Florida

In Florida, there are very strict penalties for possession of marijuana. The charge can be a felony or misdemeanor depending on the amount.  

A misdemeanor in the first-degree will be given if the defendant is in possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana. This is sentenced with up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.  

A person will be charged with a felony in the third degree if they possess more than 20 grams of marijuana. Penalties for this will include up to 5 years in prison. 

In addition to jail time and fines, there are other consequences of having a drug charge for marijuana, which include the following: 

  • Not being eligible for public housing
  • Not being allowed entry into some colleges
  • Not being able to obtain employment
  • Not allowed to hold certain government jobs
  • Not eligible to hold various career licenses
  • Probation
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Having to mark a felony on an application

Having a drug charge against you can be a very scary consequence. There are very strict penalties associated with drug charges, as Florida does not play around when it comes to drug crimes. Even if you believe it is not anyone’s business about your past criminal record, it will haunt you for the rest of your life. Landlords can turn you down for a place to live, or your job application can be tossed aside just because of that one checkmark in the felony box.  

Your Drug Charge Attorneys - Musca Law

If you have been charged with a drug crime here in the sunny state of Florida, Musca Law would be happy to hear from you. We will then develop a strong and strategic legal defense that will bring you a favorable outcome. Our attorneys are outstanding when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the prosecution.  

There are many benefits of hiring us to fight your case. Our firm has offices located in many cities, and we serve all residents of Florida. We also answer our phones 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our attorneys will treat you with the utmost respect and will give detailed attention to your case.  

Please call us at (888) 484-5057 to schedule a free initial case consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you!

RESULT: The Musca Law Defense Attorney successfully negotiated with the State for the Client to participate in a diversion program. The Attorney convinced the State to agree to DROP all of the charges against the Client!