Free Case Evaluation
  • American Broadcasting Company
  • Bar Register - Preeminent Lawyers 2017 Martindale Hubbell(R)
  • NADC
  • NBC
  • Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers in Florida 2014
  • CNN
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Fox
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • AVVO
  • HLN TV
Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A.
“Out of the Box” Defense Strategy
Free Case Evaluation

From possession to sales, pot charges are serious at all levels

In previous posts, we've discussed how it's extremely important for Florida residents not to underestimate the severity of certain marijuana-related charges. In particular, we've discussed this in the context of possession for personal use, one of the more commonly charged drug crimes here in the Sunshine State.

It's important to understand, however, that this warning applies not just to simple possession, but all other marijuana-related offenses. Indeed, those charged with manufacture and sale of this Schedule I controlled substance should expect much more than just a slap on the wrist.

To illustrate, those arrested for manufacturing (i.e., growing), selling or possessing marijuana with the intent to do either will be charged with a third-degree felony, which is punishable by a maximum of five years behind bars.

As sobering as this may seem, consider that when the exact same crime is committed within 1,000 feet of what is classified as a drug free area-- schools, places of worship, assisted living facilities, public housing, public recreation areas, etc. -- the charges increase to a second-degree felony, meaning a maximum of 15 years in prison.     

As a further illustration, consider that while the crime of delivering up to 20 grams of marijuana, meaning giving it away, is treated as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison, the crime of an adult selling marijuana to a minor is a second-degree felony. Furthermore, once the sentence for this latter crime is handed down, it cannot be reduced, suspended or otherwise lessened in severity.

What all of this serves to underscore -- yet again -- is that marijuana charges at all levels cannot be discounted. Indeed, prosecutors in our state do not harbor progressive attitudes toward marijuana and will often pursue the maximum punishment. In light of this reality, it's imperative to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible after being placed under arrest for a pot-related offense.  

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Can Help Now

Contact Us Right Away

You need to act fast to get your loved one out of custody. Dial 954-462-1005 to get immediate answers from one of our attorneys. Sending an email is another way to reach us for a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 and promptly respond to all messages.

Call our Fort Lauderdale office at 954-462-1005 or email us to schedule a meeting to discuss your case. Initial consults are always free of charge.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy