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Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams

Simply possession of marijuana often refers to the misdemeanor offense of possession of less than 20 grams. The arresting officer can either arrest the person for this crime or issue a "notice to appear" and release the person at the scene.

Many people assume that because they recieved a "Notice to Appear" without being formally arrested and booked into the jail that the charge is not as serious. Regardless of whether you were taken to jail or released at the scene with a notice, the charge is the same. Possession of marijuana is a criminal offense that comes with criminal penalties. For instance, any conviction for possession of marijuana comes with a two year revocation of your driver's license.

The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm are focused on criminal defense and fighting marijuana crimes. Jason Sammis is a Lifetime Member of the NORML Legal Committee, an organization that fights for the reform of marijuana laws in the State of Florida and throughout the country. He aggressively defends his clients charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis with the goal of achieving the best possible result for each client.

Consequence to Your Driver's License for Marijuana Charges

A conviction for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams under Florida law will result in a 2 year suspension of your driver's license and dramatic increase in your auto insurance rates, without any possibility of a hardship or business purpose only driver's license for the first year.

Any instance of driving during the first year will result in an additional delay in obtaining a business purpose only or hardship license for the duration of the suspension period. Additionally, a conviction for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams will cause a permanent blemish on your criminal record.

The Diversion Programs for Possession of Cannabis - Are You Eligible?

Different counties in Florida (including Hillsborough County, Polk County, Pasco County, and Pinellas County) have different programs to help you avoid a misdemeanor conviction for possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. Those programs, however, can require up to one year of supervision with frequent random urine screens, community service, fines and costs, and other conditions.

If you have any prior record then you will typically not be eligible for the diversion program. Even if you are eligible, entering a diversion program may not be the right choice.

For certain professions, entering the diversion program for a drug charges can have serious consequences for your career. Nurses and other healthcare professionals, teachers and certified educators, members of law enforcement or the military, and even attorneys should seek legal advice before agreeing to a diversion program.

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Contact Our Marijuana Attorneys

If you have been arrested for the actual or constructive possession of cannabis in the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa, Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg or Clearwater, Pinellas County, Dade City or New Port Richey, Pasco County, or in Brooksville for Hernando County, then contact the Sammis Law Firm.

Speak directly with an experienced drug crime attorney about your charges for possession of cannabis less than 20 grams. Call 813-250-0500 to schedule an office or phone consultation today.

Last updated by , a Lifetime Member of NORML's National Legal Committee, on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.