Although opinions on marijuana and its uses are taking a relaxed trend in the United States, Florida's laws on its possession and use remain strict. Possession of cannabis in all its forms with intent to sell or distribute it, also known as marijuana trafficking, in still considered a felony offense, with penalties that can include years of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
The charges can also have federal consequences, leading to even more prison and fines. The services of a skilled marijuana defense attorney may prove critical when defending your future against these harsh punishments.
As experienced defense attorneys, the legal team at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has defended hundreds of men, women, and juveniles facing marijuana charges throughout the years. Our firm can aggressively seek to win a not guilty verdict or have your charges dropped by scrutinizing all details of the case. Your unique circumstances require a customized defense, and Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to providing that for each client.
Call us today at to schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve clients facing marijuana charges in Florida, including Okaloosa County, Washington County, Walton County, and Holmes County. Call to begin planning your unique defense strategy with one of our skilled lawyers.
Marijuana trafficking, as defined by Florida Statute 893.135, covers a range of offenses that vary in severity depending on the amount of cannabis in question. Trafficking includes any selling, delivering, or manufacturing marijuana, and it applies to any part of the cannabis plant, including seeds or resin.
If an individual is found to have 25 pounds or 300 plants, this is considered evidence of trafficking, whether the drugs are for personal use or not. This also applies in all instances of an individual having actual physical possession, meaning that the drugs may be in a bag, pocket, or other place specifically belonging to a person, such as a glove box in a car. Felony charges may also apply, but they vary depending on the amount in question.
If an offender possesses enough marijuana to constitute a trafficking charge, they face a first-degree felony. However, the penalties for marijuana trafficking felonies is different than others, as outlined in Florida Statute § 893.135 and depend on the amount of marijuana involved.
Mandatory minimum penalties are assigned as followed if an individual is convicted:
A two year suspension of driving privileges may also be applied on all trafficking offenses. This felony charge will almost certainly interfere with employment and educational opportunities as well. It can even interfere with other areas, such as the right to vote, owning firearms, and government assistance programs.
It is important for the prosecution to prove that an offender knowingly possessed the drugs in question. This can make every detail crucial when facing these charges. A jury must be fully convinced that the accused individual knew that they had the drugs. An arrest for trafficking does not guarantee a conviction, and a skilled defense attorney can fight the charges by devising a strategy for each individual case.
A dedicated DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney can fight to defend your rights and protect your future. These charges are serious and carry heavy consequences that can affect you the rest of your life.
Adkinson Law Firm, LLC can help you to seek a favorable outcome so you can finally move on in your life. We are proud to defend clients in the Florida Panhandle, including Shalimar, Milton, Cinco Bayou, Crestview, and Paxton. Call us at or submit an online form to begin planning your defense today.