Attorney in Orlando, Florida
Defending Against Possession of Cannabis Charges Across Orlando and Seminole County
If you have been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Orlando marijuana possession defense attorney. Attorney Michael Zmijewski, of Z Law Firm, is a former prosecutor who prosecuted drug crimes for the State of Florida from 2002-2004. Since 2004, Attorney Zmijewski has aggressively fought to defend his clients charged with possession of cannabis.
In every case, we thoroughly review the evidence to determine whether our client’s rights were violated by law enforcement. If this is an issue, we will file the appropriate motions seeking to suppress evidence to weaken the prosecutor’s case against you.
Common issues we look for include:
Did the officer have probable cause to stop you
Was the search warrant valid
Did law enforcement have a search warrant
Were you advised of your Miranda Rights
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
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What Is Possession?
Pursuant to Florida Statute §893.16(6), the State of Florida is required to establish that the defendant was in “possession” of cannabis.
Possession can be established in one of two ways:
Actual Possession means that the defendant actually held or possessed the substance, or the substance was close enough to be within ready reach
Constructive Possession means that the defendant did not actually possess the substance, but had knowledge of its presence and had control over it
Possession of cannabis less than 20-grams is a misdemeanor of the first-degree. It is punishable by up to 1 year of incarceration, 1 year of probation, a $1,000 fine, and 1-year driver’s license suspension.
Possession of More than 20 Grams of Marijuana
If you are found to be in possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, the government will charge you with a third-degree felony.
The penalties for a third-degree felony include:
Up to a $5,000 fine
Up to 5 years of probation
Up to 5 years in state prison
1-year driver’s license suspension
A felony conviction for possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana can also have several collateral consequences, including expulsion from school, termination of employment, and loss of civil rights. With so much at stake, be sure to consult with an experienced attorney to learn how you can protect your rights and freedom.
Call Today for Aggressive Advocacy
As a former prosecutor, our Orlando marijuana possession lawyer has a unique advantage of understanding how the State prepares its cases. This can give you an edge when it comes to defending your case.
When your rights and freedoms are on the line, it is vital that you discuss your case with a lawyer who has the experience to defend your rights. Contact Z Law Firm today to speak directly with our attorney. We would be happy to answer your questions and advise you on how we can defend you against your charges.
Take control of your case, and let us use our experience to work toward a favorable result on your behalf. Call us or fill out an online form now to begin building your defense.