Fighting Marijuana Possession Charges In Orlando
Despite controversy regarding the use of weed, the state of Florida continues to enforce marijuana laws aggressively. Each year, thousands of Florida residents, visitors and college students attending the University of Central Florida (UCF) are convicted of felony and misdemeanor marijuana charges.
If you face charges of marijuana possession, cultivation or trafficking, contact The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates for an experienced and aggressive defense. Attorney Corey I. Cohen, a former prosecutor and public defender in Florida who knows how the prosecution works and has worked with hundreds of first-time offenders, has built this law firm on a firm foundation of a strong track record that continues today. Our defense attorneys are ready to give your marijuana possession case an advantage while vigorously pursuing the most favorable outcome available.
Contact The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates for experienced legal help following felony and misdemeanor charges. Call 407-246-0066.
Charged With Possession Of Less Than 20 Grams Of Pot?
The amount of marijuana that is found on your person at the time of your arrest is a huge factor in the potential criminal consequences you face. If the amount is less than 20 grams, then you will be charged with a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor drug charge carries up to one year of jail time, one year of probation or $1,000 in fines as well as a two-year driver’s license suspension.
If this is your first charge, we can negotiate to seek a reduction in the charges and alternative sentencing such as drug counseling or community service. In any case, we will seek the most favorable result for your specific marijuana charge, whether dismissal or acquittal.
Charged With Possession Of 20 Grams Or More?
In Florida, they are cracking down on people who are in possession of cannabis. If the marijuana is 20 grams or greater, it can result in a felony charge of possession of cannabis.
If you have been charged with possession of cannabis greater than 20 grams, the consequences can be devastating and may result in prison time, felony probation, loss of your driving privileges for two years and the stigma of being a convicted felon the rest of your life.
We Understand How To Defend Against All Marijuana Charges
Were you caught carrying marijuana? Have you been accused of selling or growing marijuana? You may feel like a conviction is inevitable and that there is no way you can avoid the harshest possible legal consequences.
We can investigate your case and determine whether police followed legal procedures during your arrest. We have won dismissal of charges in numerous marijuana cases and have obtained probation (over jail time), a reduction in the charges through negotiation and alternative sentencing in numerous cases. For more information about how we can help you following drug charges, please contact our office.
Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana Charges
Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions clients ask about marijuana and related criminal charges.
Will Florida legalize marijuana?
The legal future of marijuana is far from certain. Although many states have legalized recreational use of the drug, Florida has not yet done so. Until state or federal legislators vote to legalize the drug, you will always face some risks associated with recreational possession.
Can I be charged with possession if my Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card expired?
Yes, you can. Florida’s medical marijuana program is tightly regulated and violating any of its terms can result in criminal charges – even if you have a valid card. Possessing marijuana with an expired card would definitely be violation of the regulations.
Did the police conduct an illegal search of my home, car or person?
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects each of us against unreasonable search and seizure by law enforcement. Unfortunately, this right is commonly violated in drug cases.
In order to conduct a legal search, police must generally obtain a search warrant or otherwise be able to show probable cause. If it appears that they have neither, a defense attorney can challenge the legality of the search in court and file a motion to suppress evidence. If the judge rules that the search/seizure was unreasonable and grants the motion to suppress, the evidence found during the search cannot be used to convict the accused person.
Because Fourth Amendment violations are so common in drug cases, this is one of the first aspects of a case that a skilled defense attorney will examine.
What is constructive possession of marijuana?
There are two types of possession: “actual” and “constructive.” Actual possession means you were caught holding it, having it in your pocket or otherwise so close to you that it was easily within reach.
Constructive possession means that the marijuana was not found on you or close to you, but that it was either in a space that you have control over or in a place where you tried to hide it. Constructive possession is more difficult to prove than actual possession for intuitive reasons, but you still need the help of an experienced attorney to defend against the charges.
Contact Us Now For The Help You Need
The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates provides free initial consultations, is conveniently located in downtown Orlando across from Lake Eola and offers free parking. Additionally, we accept Visa, American Express, Mastercard and Discover, and we offer flexible payment plans. For a no-charge consultation with an experienced Orlando marijuana charges lawyer, call 407-246-0066 or contact us online.
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