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When marijuana allegations lead to felony charges

Facing felony charges can leave a person very worried about his or her future. A conviction on such charges can lead to many stiff penalties. Also, having a felony conviction on one's record can have many lasting impacts, including an impact on a person's career.

Among the things that could lead to a person having felony charges brought against him or her in Florida is being accused of marijuana crimes.

This includes being accused of certain types of marijuana possession. Now, under state law, possessing small amounts of pot is generally a misdemeanor. However, possessing larger amounts is a felony. The cutoff point between misdemeanor possession and felony possession in the state is 20 grams.

Selling marijuana is typically a felony offense in Florida. There is an exception, though. This is that distributing under 20 grams of the drug in exchange for nothing of value is a misdemeanor.

Meanwhile, marijuana cultivation  and marijuana trafficking are crimes that always fall into the felony level in Florida.

So, there are a range of marijuana allegations which could expose a person to felony charges. Not all felony marijuana charges in the state carry the same possible penalties. The consequences people could face if they are convicted of such charges depends on issues such as:

  • What specific crime they are accused of
  • How much marijuana was allegedly involved
  • Where the alleged crime occurred

Experienced defense attorneys can help Floridians accused of felony marijuana offenses with addressing their particular legal situation.

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