Here at the Misdemeanor Clinic, we know that good people can have bad days. If your bad day involves a drug offense, be prepared to face some serious consequences. If you are convicted in the state of Florida for possession of marijuana, your Florida driver’s license will automatically be suspended. In addition, having this charge on your record could affect your professional reputation and could result in you being denied employment or licensing in a multitude of professions.
The Misdemeanor Clinic assists clients who are charged with the misdemeanor offense of “Possession of Marijuana – Under 20 Grams” in South Florida and other neighboring counties. One of the things that we see most often is how surprised these clients are to discover that their “minor” charge can actually have a negative effect on their futures. For example, there are prosecutors who will seek a sentence that includes substance abuse counseling or treatment and even random drug testing. Likewise, upon conviction, Florida law requires a mandatory one year driver’s license revocation. In addition, the prosecutor may suggest jail time if there are prior convictions for drug possession, cultivation or sale. “Possession of Marijuana – Under 20 Grams” is designated by the Florida Legislature as a 1st degree misdemeanor, which carries a jail term of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. The good news? You don’t have to face this charge alone. A qualified attorney can assist you as you navigate through this confusing and difficult process.