Harrison Preston of Florida is not only a victim of others crimes, but a victim of his own mistakes. First, Preston got jumped at a convenience store, was beaten so bad that an ambulance had to be called to the scene. When the EMT arrived and attempted to secure Harrison in the ambulance, he found a bag filled with 31.2 grams worth of marijuana, some of which was “stuck in Preston’s pubic hair” according to the police report. Preston was charged with felony possession of marijuana.
Marijuana is one the most popular recreational drugs in Florida, and many criminal charges can arise from possession or use of the drug. One of the most common marijuana charges in Jacksonville and across Florida is simple possession. Many people have misconceptions about possession and the differences in felony possession and misdemeanor possession.
Although marijuana has been legalized or at least decriminalized in other states, Florida still punishes the mere possession of marijuana. In fact, Florida has some of the harshest cannabis laws in the country, making it important for anyone who might have already, is currently, or might soon in the future face a charge of marijuana possession to be aware of the differences.
Misdemeanor or “Simple Possession” is known as actually or constructively possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. A conviction of this offense can result in a misdemeanor of the first degree, which exposes one to jail time of not more than one year, and/or fines up to $1,000. Felony Possession is defined as actual or constructive possession of marijuana more than or equal to 20 grams, and committing this act can result in a felony of the third degree, exposing one to prison time of up to five years, and/or fines not exceeding $5,000.
Normally, where there is smoke, there’s a smoking device, and as such, a paraphernalia charge. Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Some examples of marijuana paraphernalia can include papers, pipes, marijuana grinders, bongs and roach clips.
There are many other penalties other than jail time that many do not know and those that do do not think about. On of the biggest penalties one may face from a drug charge is the revocation of one’s driver’s license. Other penalties can include:
– Ineligibility from some government employment unless registered in a drug treatment program,
– Ineligibility to receive certain scholarships for further education and state financial aid.- A ban for five years from adopting or becoming a foster parent in Florida,
– Inability to receive certain permits, licenses or certifications for certain felonies unless registered in a drug treatment program,
– A ban for three years from public housing, and/or
– A lifetime ban from owning a firearm for certain marijuana felony convictions
One in a situation such as this should obtain an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney when fighting Florida’s marijuana laws. The evidence usually does not look good for someone accused of possession of marijuana; however, if the police mishandled the evidence in any way, the evidence may be excluded, making a marijuana charge hard to prove if there is no marijuana as admissible evidence. If one is under investigation or has been arrested on drug charges, one will need to obtain an experienced Jacksonville drug crimes defense attorney to fight the case.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Dumb Criminal of the Week: The Florida Man Who Allegedly Had Marijuana in His Pubic Hair, Justin Peters, Slate.com