Possession of twenty or fewer grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor drug crime in West Palm Beach. If you have been charged with this offense, you could face several penalties, including fines, jail time, or probation, and other repercussions. Speak with a dedicated and professional attorney about your situation as soon as possible.
Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession
Unlike other controlled substances, you could face lesser charges for possessing a small amount of marijuana. Although the laws in Florida are constantly in flux regarding cannabis, it is not legal to carry any amount for recreational purposes. Having fewer than twenty grams on you, or exactly twenty grams, may not be as devastating as a felony marijuana possession charge, but a conviction still flags you as a criminal. In some cases, the charges alone could prevent you from taking advantage of important opportunities, such as landing a new job or being approved for an apartment.
Misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession should be taken as seriously as any other charges. At The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, we work closely with our clients to develop their cases thoroughly for a strong defense. Defense attorney Brian Gabriel represents people accused of misdemeanor marijuana possession in Palm Beach County and surrounding counties. We work to accomplish the best possible outcome for your case.
Proving Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession
Florida prosecutors must show that the defendant had actual or constructive possession of twenty or fewer grams of marijuana. Actual possession refers to having the marijuana directly on you at the time it is discovered by law enforcement. An example of this can be if the marijuana was in your pocket at the time of arrest. When the substance is in a place that you have control over, such as your room at home or your car’s trunk, this is referred to as “constructive possession.” Prosecutors must show that as the accused, you had exclusive control over these locations.
In addition, prosecutors must show that you had twenty or fewer grams of marijuana. Twenty grams is less than three-quarters of an ounce.
Don’t let misdemeanor charges affect your future without a solid defense strategy. We have defended those accused of marijuana possession for over 25 years throughout South Florida. We protect your interests at each turn, and guide you through the entire process so that you are thoroughly educated and prepared. Contact attorney Brian Gabriel today by calling (561) 622-5575 or contacting us online to schedule a free legal consultation.