Tampa Marijuana Defense Attorneys
Arrested for a Marijuana Offense in Tampa?
State and federal laws outlaw the selling or possessing of marijuana in any amount. If you or a family member has been arrested for or charged with an offense related to marijuana, you should consult an experienced Tampa drug crimes attorney immediately. It is possible to go to jail for marijuana offenses, particularly where large quantities or distribution is involved. At The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger, we have extensive experience with marijuana related crimes, from simple possession to highly sophisticated grow operations. Early intervention in your case by our legal team can have a significant impact on the outcome.
Common Marijuana Crimes in Florida
Florida's marijuana drug crime laws include:
Possession: Florida Criminal Code § 893.13 prohibits the
possession of marijuana. Possession of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor offense punishable by imprisonment for up to one year and a maximum fine of $1,000. Possession of more than 20 grams is a felony offense, with a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Hash & Concentrated Cannabis: Possession of concentrated cannabis, such as hash, wax or oils, is considered a heightened offense that poses increased penalties. Depending on the circumstances, possession of concentrated cannabis may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or felony offense, with substantial fines and terms of imprisonment.
- Cultivation: Growing marijuana, or operating a grow house, is a serious criminal offense that can also lead to additional investigations and charges for drug crimes such as sales, trafficking or distribution. Generally, possession of less than 25 plants is a felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Possession of 25 or more plants in a felony punishable by up to15 years' imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
- Sale/Trafficking: Selling, trafficking, delivering or distributing marijuana are criminal offenses that pack devastating penalties. Depending on the quantity of marijuana involved and a where the crime took place, punishments can range from 5 years for the sale of less than 25 lbs., to as much as 15 or 30 years.
If you or your loved one stands accused of a marijuana drug crime, our firm's experienced Tampa criminal lawyer is prepared to preserve your freedom and fight for your future.
Marijuana Crimes Lawyer in Tampa
At The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger, we aggressively defend clients who have been charged with marijuana crimes in the Tampa Bay area. As a former state prosecutor, Attorney Hessinger is very familiar with the inner workings of the criminal justice system on both sides and has tried over 130 jury trials. We know what it takes to provide competent, effective representation in these types of cases and work diligently to obtain the best possible results. Early intervention is critical - we urge you to contact us immediately after an arrest.
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