Marijuana Defense in Florida
A recent study has revealed that marijuana arrests across the country have far outnumbered arrests for violent crimes. In fact, in 2016 there were nearly 70,000 more arrests for marijuana charges than arrests made in connection to violent crimes. This includes crimes like rape, assault, and murder. Many use these alarming statistics to highlight glaring flaws in the United States criminal justice system. Among those arrested and charged with marijuana-related crimes is a disproportionately large number of African-Americans who have been jailed based on their inability to pay court fees and fines. Regardless of who has been accused, it is important to understand that there are numerous possible defenses in Florida in the event that you are charged with a marijuana-related crime. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to review your case and formulate a plan that best ensures your success.
Changing Legal Landscape
Across the nation, marijuana regulation has seen significant change in several states. Certain states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and even allow individuals to grow the substance in their home for personal use. However, it is important to remember that just because marijuana may be legal in one state does not necessarily mean it is legal in another state. This is the case for marijuana in the state of Florida; currently recreational marijuana is still illegal, therefore, the possession or production of the substance is not allowed.
In particular, those who are charged in connection with growing marijuana may face severe punishment. The cultivation of marijuana is seen as a far worse offense than the buying or selling of the substance. If you are accused of the cultivation of marijuana you may face charges like intent to traffic drugs or other narcotics-related charges like drug trafficking. You can face these serious charges regardless of how little marijuana you are growing. Even growing one plant in the state of Florida can cause an individual to face a serious narcotics charge.
In some cases, a search and seizure of your home or vehicle may have resulted in your marijuana-related arrest. The prosecution will use the evidence gathered from this search and present it in court to prove your guilt. This evidence is normally the most important factor in the outcome of your case, therefore, your criminal defense lawyer will do everything in their power to get the evidence suppressed. This is accomplished through finding any law or procedure that may have been violated during the search. If your lawyer is successful in suppressing the evidence, then the prosecution will not be able to use the evidence from their search as evidence against you in court.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
At the Baez Law Firm, our Florida legal team will thoroughly examine your situation and explore any potential defense you may have. Our knowledgeable team offers our clients top criminal defense legal representation. Lawyer Jose Baez is a nationally recognized lawyer and is known for his commitment to justice. Regardless of the crime you have been charged with, the Baez Law Firm can help you protect your freedom. Call 800-588-BAEZ now for a free consultation.