What Should I Expect If I Am Arrested
For Possession of Marijuana in Florida?
Being arrested for possession
of marijuana or any drug possession charge can be a very stressful experience. One of the most stressful aspects of it is
not knowing what to expect. This article can give you a brief insight into what to expect is you are charged with possession
of marijuana in Florida.
The State of Florida is generally more sympathetic
to users, than they are to sellers, and more sympathetic to marijuana (cannabis), then they are to harder drugs. However,
every drug charge is very serious.
If you are a recreational user with
no prior criminal arrests, and the Police only found a small amount of marijuana in your possession do not panic. You may
be offered a pre-trial diversion program (PTD) from the State. That means that upon the completion of the terms of the PTD
the State agrees to drop the charges. The terms of the PTD may include a drug course, community service hours, or a donation.
If the State drops the charges your record would show "nolle prosequi"
which means the prosecutor declares that he will proceed no further. If your case is nolle prossed you may be eligible to
have the record expunged.
If you are a repeat offender, and the Police only
found a small amount of marijuana you may be facing a more serious sentence. That could mean Court costs, fines, and even
incarceration. If you take a plea to possession of marijuana that results in an adjudication of guilt the Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) may suspend your driver's license for two years.
If you are charged with possession of a large amount of marijuana or for intent to sell or distribute, you are facing
very serious felony charges that may result in substantial prison time. If you are facing felony drug charges in Florida you
should exercise your right to remain silent. You should only discuss your case with an experienced attorney.