None of us ever believes we will run afoul of the law. Unfortunately, sometimes things happen which results in our facing a criminal charge. You could be stopped, and a police officer finds a small amount of marijuana in your car resulting in an arrest for drug possession. Even if the marijuana is in your car because you loaned the car to a coworker during lunch. They had a small bag of legal, medical marijuana in their possession which fell out of their pocket while they had your car. Now, you are the one who is facing a criminal charge for possession of marijuana and you have no medical card showing you are legally able to be in possession. You need to consult a Polk County criminal defense attorney immediately.
Drug charges must be taken seriously, and you need to work with a criminal attorney in Polk County, Florida right away to make sure you understand the potential penalties you are facing. The first thing you must do is refuse to answer any questions without speaking to an attorney first. Let the law enforcement officer know that until your criminal defense lawyer is contacted, you are exercising your right to remain silent. Do not answer any questions without speaking with criminal defense lawyers in Polk County.
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While Florida allows for legal medical marijuana, if the drug has not been prescribed to you, then you cannot legally be in possession. To demonstrate the drug was in your physical possession is simple, the fact it was found in your car is physical possession. However, there is also a theory known as “constructive possession” which means you were aware you were in possession. The elements of constructive possession are:
- You are aware the drugs were in your vehicle
- You are aware possession of the drug is an illegal act
Most of us know that possessing marijuana is illegal, however, the fact you were unaware the drugs were in your car can be a defense. We will work with you to make sure we understand the circumstances of your arrest, how the drugs got in your car and then we will get to work helping you fight the charges.
Proven Track Record of Successfully Defending Drug Cases - Areas of Practice
We can help defend you against a range of drug charges, including possession of marijuana. We have also defended against:
- Possession of marijuana plants
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Misdemeanor and felony drug charges of all kinds
The Importance of Defending Against Felony Drug Charges
It is important for you to understand in Florida, there are very few drug charges which are considered misdemeanors. In nearly all cases, you will be facing drug possession felony charges. There is more to worry about than being embarrassed about being arrested.
- If you are found guilty of felony drug charges can result in five years jail time
- A felony conviction for drugs may not be expunged or sealed
- Finds for felony drug charges start at $5,000
- Felony convictions can result in future issues including finding a job or housing
When you are Looking for a Criminal Defense Lawyer for Drug Charges in Polk County, you can count on us. Schedule a Free Consultation Today by calling experienced criminal defense lawyers in Polk County at 863-688-4606. Do not wait, time is of the essence.
Misdemeanor Drug Defenses
Our first goal will always be to have the charges against you reduced or when possible, to have the charges against you dismissed. In the event you are facing a misdemeanor drug charge, we will do our best to have those charges dismissed or further reduced. This is done through:
- Negotiating with the Prosecutor
- Proving in Court the Prosecutor has insufficient evidence
- We will ask to have evidence obtained illegally suppressed
- We will be fully prepared to litigate the charges against you if necessary
If we are not successful in reducing the charges or having them dismissed, we will be fully prepared to litigate in court to fight the drug charges against you. Call us immediately and let us get to work for you.
Your Criminal Defense Lawyer is here to save you! Schedule a Free Consultation Today if you are Facing Misdemeanor or Felony Drug Charges
We have the experience you need to get the drug charges against you dismissed because we have handled more than 1500 criminal charges.
Having a criminal defense Polk County lawyer begin working on your drug case as soon as possible is critical. Time is of the essence because the sooner we can start negotiating with the prosecutor, the more likely we are to be able to get the charges reduced, or dismissed.
We can help begin working on your case today. Connect with us by filling out our online form or calling us today for a free consultation if you are facing a misdemeanor or felony drug charge in Polk County.
FAQs – Drug Possession Charges
What should I expect from a criminal defense lawyer?
When you are facing a drug possession charge, you should expect your attorney to understand the circumstances of your arrest and help you develop a defense strategy. Your criminal attorney in Polk County should also inform you of what steps they intend to take to defend you against the charges.
Can lawyers represent someone they know is guilty?
Lawyers are governed by a code of ethics which requires them to defend their clients. This holds true whether they think their client may be guilty, know they may be guilty or believe they may be innocent of the charges against them.