The subject of marijuana use has become a controversial issue in recent years. Due to its legalization in many jurisdictions, Florida residents may be under the impression that the legal risks associated with the drug no longer exists. However, this is a misconception as marijuana related offenses often result in jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. Those convicted of marijuana possession may find it difficult to find employment or even housing. If you have been arrested for the possession of cannabis then it is imperative that you retain counsel immediately. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense attorney handling cases involving the possession or trafficking of marijuana. Contact our office today if you need assistance.
Lawyer handling marijuana related cases in Panama City, Florida
The state of Florida prohibits the possession of cannabis, also referred to as marijuana or “weed” by those who lack a valid medical prescription. Depending on the amount of the drug involved, one who is arrested with marijuana can face the following charges and penalties:
- First degree misdemeanor charges for possessing up to 20 grams (penalized by up to one year in jail)
- Third degree felony charges for possessing between 20 grams and 25 pounds (penalized by up to five years in prison)
- Felony drug trafficking charges for possession of over 25 pounds (penalized by three to fifteen years in prison)
If a defendant was committing other crimes, such as illegally possessing a gun, when they were caught with marijuana then they will face additional penalties for such charges.
Misdemeanor possession cases will begin with the accused entering a plea of “not guilty” and a trial date will be set. The defense will be provided with the arrest reports and any other information which the prosecution is required to provide. As with other drug-related charges, cases stemming from the possession of marijuana often hinge on whether the police found the substance through the commission of an unreasonable search or seizure – such as the stopping of a car without reasonable suspicion to justify it. If the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated by law enforcement then it may be possible, depending on the circumstances, to gain a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not possible then it will be the prosecution’s burden to prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed weed. Handling such matters can involve complicated constitutional and evidentiary issues. It is best to speak with an experienced attorney.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense attorney handling cases involving the possession or trafficking of marijuana. He will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and advise you as to how your case will proceed. He will obtain any and all available evidence. If Omar believes that your rights were violated then he will file any appropriate Motions and attempt to have the case dismissed. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, and a reasonable resolution cannot be reached, then he will prepare your case for trial and ensure that your rights are protected from beginning to end. Our office understands the impact that these charges can have on your future. We are ready to assist you.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Panama City criminal defense lawyer providing personalized representation in Florida marijuana cases
A marijuana related charge should not be taken lightly. Such offenses have devastating consequences and defendants often feel stressed and uncertain about their futures. The last thing you should have to worry about is if you will be able to reach your lawyer. Omar will handle the details of your case personally. He will promptly return all phone calls, text messages, and emails and maintain regular attorney-client communication. This high level of service is provided to each and every client we serve. We are honored to serve those in Panama City and elsewhere and we take our obligations seriously.