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Simple Possession of Marijuana

Even with the positive press on medical marijuana and multiple studies done that prove marijuana to be a much less detrimental drug to your health than other illegal substances, the state of Florida still has a punitive outlook on marijuana. Also called ganja, cannabis, weed, bud, or pot, marijuana is still classified in the same group as much more hazardous drugs like cocaine, heroin, and other Schedule I substances.

Being charged with what one would think to be a minor transgression may actually come with harsh penalties and sentencing. To keep from dealing with the negative consequences that come with a simple possession of marijuana charge in Florida, it is necessary to retain legal counsel that has the ability to argue your case in an effective manner.

DeFuniak Springs Marijuana Possession Attorney

If you or a loved one has been charged with a simple possession of marijuana offense in the Florida Panhandle, particularly in the surrounding counties of Okaloosa, Washington, Walton, Holmes, Santa Rosa, or Escambia, call Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. You have many legal options when it comes to a charge like this, so take advantage of the over 30 years of criminal defense experience that the legal team at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has. Call to schedule a free consultation to discuss the detail of your case.


Definition and Penalties of Simple Possession of Marijuana in DeFuniak Springs

In the state of Florida, if you have been found with less than 20 grams of marijuana, you may be charged with simple possession of marijuana (Fla. Stat. §893.13). This includes instances where a person is in possession of any part of the plant (i.e. stems, leaves, or seeds).

In Okaloosa County, you can be charged with a marijuana possession offense if law enforcement observes either actual or constructive possession.

  • Actual Possession — the marijuana was in the alleged offender’s hand, on their body, in their clothing, or within their immediate reach.
  • Constructive Possession — the alleged offender was able to take control of the marijuana, had the intent to take actual possession of the marijuana, and had the knowledge the marijuana was in their presence.

Actual or constructive possession is an essential element to a marijuana possession charge. If the prosecution is unable to demonstrate the alleged offender had either constructive or actual possession, the marijuana possession charges will likely be reduced or even dismissed.

If there is a conviction, a Pensacola simple possession of marijuana charge will come with the following penalties according to Fla. Stat. §893.13:

  • Up to one year in jail; and/or
  • A fine up to $1,000

Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | Fort Walton Beach Simple Possession of Marijuana Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with simple marijuana possession, make sure and put yourself in a favorable position by allowing a qualified DeFuniak Springs criminal defense lawyer at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC to represent you.

We work with individuals dealing with criminal charges in the cities of Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Destin, Shalimar, Cinco Bayou, Chipley, Vernon, Ebro, Bonifay, Westville, Milton, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Pensacola or Century. Call our firm at  or submit an online form to schedule a free consultation today.