Marijuana Possession Laws in Broward County

In multiple states, it is now legal to recreationally possess and smoke marijuana. Unfortunately for those who currently smoke marijuana, Florida is not among those states. Here, marijuana is still considered an illegal narcotic and can be punished as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending on the circumstances.

Across the world, it can be used for:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis

It is also generally found by research that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol by most measures. The fact remains that you can be placed under arrest if you are found to be in possession of marijuana (Drug Crimes). But a Broward criminal lawyer can help defend you.

Possible Charges for Marijuana Possession in Broward County

Possessing 20 grams of less is considered a misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 364 days in a Broward Count Jail. However, depending on the criminal history of the individual charged, it is highly unlikely that someone will serve jail time for this offense.

Possessing more than 20 grams is considered a third-degree felony and is punishable by up to five years in a Florida state prison.

Depending on the circumstances and charges, one could be facing mandatory prison time.

How to Protect Yourself

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If you or someone you know has been charged with any of these crimes, there are steps you can take to minimize your fine, probationary term, and/or jail sentence. For instance, there are diversion programs that are intended for first time offenders willing to accept responsibility and seek rehabilitation. By completing these programs, it is also possible to avoid a permanent criminal record.

Finding a Fort Lauderdale or Broward criminal lawyer can help you to gain a better understanding of your position and your options. They will also help you to achieve the minimal sentence, and in some cases, a dismissal. Let the former prosecutors at Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. make that case for you!

We handle a variety of criminal law cases, so call us now if you have any questions, (954) 256-1464.

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