Cannabis has so many names for marijuana: a blunt, some bud, candle, chiba, dope, dube, gange, ganja, grass, green bud, pot, reefer, a roach, shake, a nugget, trees, weed and so many others. The law calls it marijuana. Although scientific studies are continually confirming the many medical benefits that arise from medical marijuana, the police are still arresting people for Possession of Marijuana. Being charged with weed seems like a joke. It’s not. It has consequences in Florida.
Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in the county jail per Florida Statute 893.13(6). It also has a maximum fine of $1000. If convicted your driver’s license will be revoked for one (1) year. Possession of Cannabis/Marijuana under 20 grams is the only substance in Florida that is labeled as a misdemeanor. Whether the police find a few flakes on the carpet of your automobile or several grams of weed in a baggie, they can and will charge you.
West Palm Beach Marijuana Defense Attorney
Arrested for Marijuana Charges? Call West Palm Beach Marijuana Defense Attorney, Roger P. Foley. We serve those facing charges in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Royal Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County. We also serve those in Broward and Martin Counties that have been charged with Marijuana crimes.
Weed has a distinctive smell and if police can smell it they can search it. That is what the Supreme Court says, not just Florida but everywhere in the United States. That means they, the police, can search your person, your belongings, your car, etc. In Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Sherriff’s office, or local police, can stop you for various reasons but most cases involve motorists that are speeding, have dark tint, or are violating some type of traffic control device such as stop light or stop sign. If the stop is legitimate and the police can smell it then they will likely find it. If arrested contact marijuana defense attorneys in Palm Beach County.
Being Physically Arrested or Given a Promise to Appear on Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams
There are two ways to police can arrest you for Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams and it is in the discretion of the police officer. Police can physically arrest you, take you down to the jail and photograph and fingerprint you or they can legally arrest you and give you what looks like a traffic ticket/citation. This ticket is referred to as a “Promise to Appear” or “Notice to Appear.” You must sign it. Signing the Notice is your acknowledgement that you have legally been arrested for possession of marijuana under 20 grams. and your signature is your guarantee to the court that you will appear at a designated courthouse on a date and time. If you have received a Notice to Appear then contact West Palm Beach Cannabis Defense Attorney, Roger P. Foley.
There are five court houses in Palm Beach County and if charged with Possession of Marijuana under 20 Grams you will have to appear at one of these court houses. If you are arrested For Possession of Marijuana in the northern part of the Palm Beach County then you will likely be required to attend court at the North Satellite Court House. If arrested or given a “Promise To Appear” for Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams while in the southern part of Palm Beach County you will likely be required to attend court at the South Satellite Court House in Delray Beach, Florida. These are the addresses to the court houses:
Main Court House
205 N. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 355-2996
North Court House
3188 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: Criminal (561) 355-2996, Civil (561) 624-6650
South Court House
200 W. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
Phone: Criminal (561) 355-2996, Civil (561) 274-1588
West Court House
2950 State Road 15
Belle Glade, FL 33430
Phone: (561) 996-4843
Regardless of what court house you are assigned for your possession of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia we will be able to help you. Attorney, Roger P. Foley has been serving Palm Beach County, Broward County and Martin County for many years.
Cannabis Charges in Florida
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia consists of things like baggies, grinders, bong, one hitter, rolling papers, etc. Anything that can be used to ingest marijuana can arguably be paraphernalia. These items are sold in stores legally yet you can be charged with this first-degree misdemeanor if you possess it.
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute is charged when the government believes that your actions demonstrate that you are selling marijuana. For example, they catch you selling to undercover, or less obvious when you have several baggies or a scale, or simply the way the weed is packaged. This charge is not eligible for drug court.
Cultivation- growing cannabis. You are found in possession of trees. Under 24 trees and you are looking at a cultivation charge which is a third-degree felony.
Trafficking in Marijuana is 25 pounds or more of marijuana. This much cannabis is a first-degree felony. Depending on the amount of marijuana seized will determine the minimum mandatory sentence as there are 3, 7, 15, 25 year minimum mandatory sentences in Florida.
Marijuana Defense Attorney in West Palm
The goal is to find an attorney that is knowledgeable, experienced and has the passion to help people. Roger P. Foley, is that attorney. He takes pride in helping others with their criminal cases. Whether its misdemeanor cannabis possession or felony cannabis possession in Palm Beach County, Mr. Foley is ready and able to defend you. He has defended simple possession of marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Cultivation of Marijuana, Grow House Cases, and Marijuana Trafficking of Marijuana.
Consult our office at (561) 746-7076 or email.
Florida Marijuana Laws and Penalties
There are many names for Marijuana in Florida, among the most popular are: weed, herb, bud, crip, crippy, ganja, ganj, chronic, the fire, trees, blunts, pot, hooch, etc. Regardless of what you and I call it, The State of Florida refers to it as Cannabis or Marijuana. You're either in Possession of Cannabis, Trafficking in Cannabis or Marijuana, or Cultivation of Cannabis or Marijuana. In The State of Florida, the seriousness of the charge is determined by the weight.
Remember, drug crimes can violate both federal and state laws. All controlled substances are classified by drug schedules, depending on the accepted medical use, potential for addiction, and potential for abuse. If you or someone you love has been charged with marijuana possession, delivery of cannabis, cultivation of marijuana, or trafficking of marijuana / cannabis in Palm Beach County, contact West Palm Beach Marijuana Possession Attorney, Roger P. Foley. The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley may help you with your current drug charges, or more specifically, your marijuana drug charge. We have extensive experience dealing with drug offenses in Florida.
Basic Facts About Cannabis in Florida
- Florida does not subscribe to the theory of medicinal purposes. There are currently 16 states that allow for prescription marijuana but Florida is not one of them.
- The police will arrest you for possession of cannabis if there is residue present on your person or in your vehicle.
- Smoking weed in your car is the most common way of being arrested; officers claim to smell the odor, the Supreme Court says that is sufficient to search your vehicle, and there is no way to prove that they are lying.
- Florida has the harshest penalties for marijuana in the United States.
- Conviction results in 2 years driver's license revocation.
|Amount||Charge||Maximum Penalty||Maximum Fine|
|Fewer than 20 grams||1st degree misdemeanor||1 year in county jail||$1,000|
|20 grams-25 pounds||3rd degree felony||5 years in prison||$5,000|
|Paraphernalia||1st degree misdemeanor||1 year in county jail||$1,000|
|Amount||Charge||Maximum Penalty||Maximum Fine|
|25-2,000 pounds, or 300-2,000 plants||1st degree felony||30 years in prison (minimum 3 years)||$25,000|
|2,000-10,000 pounds, or 2,000-10,000 plants||1st degree felony||30 years in prison (minimum 7 years)||$50,000|
|Greater than 10,000 pounds or 10,000 plants||1st degree felony||30 years in prison (minimum 15 years)||$200,000|
|Within 1,000 feet of a school, child care facility, or other specified location||1st degree felony||15 years in prison||$10,000|
Any drug conviction can result in a driver's license suspension for up to 2 years. Possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana is classified as drug trafficking.
Contact a Palm Beach County Marijuana Crimes Lawyer
Our firm will skillfully defend your case if you have been charged with a marijuana crime. The mission of our law office is to uphold due process and defend the rights of all of our clients. We strive to ensure the freedom of each of our clients. Because the prosecution is already actively building a case if you have been charged with a crime, you should immediately begin building your defense. Call us today if you have been charged in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Contact a West Palm Beach Marijuana Possession Attorney at The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley for aggressive defense of your rights.