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Orlando Drug Possession Defense Attorney

Orlando drug crimes defense attorney Joe Knape offers payment plans, free consultations and accepts credit cards, while doing his best to represent people charged with drug offenses in the Orlando area. People charged with Drug crimes in Florida can face very severe punishment.

Possession of Cannabis also known more commonly as Marijuana under twenty (20) grams is a first degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida. A conviction for possession of marijuana under twenty (20) grams requires a 1 year mandatory driver’s license suspension.

The maximum penalty for possession of marijuana under twenty (20) grams is up to-

  • 1 year in jail
  • 1 year of probation
  • Maximum fine of $1000

Possession of Cannabis more than twenty (20) grams is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, or 5 years of probation and $5000 fine.

Many areas allow first time offenders for possession of marijuana to enter pre-trial diversion programs that would ultimately result in the charge being dismissed.  This resolution is particularly great for students and young people that want to avoid future problem when applying for jobs or college. Contact Orlando Drug Defense Attorney Joe Knape will discuss all of your options at the free consultation dial 850-225-5563 and make your appointment today.

Conviction of possession of cannabis (marijuana) can have significant lasting consequences on your life and future, regardless of quantity. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, it is important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands these charges and the defenses against them.

Possession of Cocaine Defense Attorney

Florida Statutes make a possession of cocaine a third degree felony. Possession of cocaine can be as little as a baggie of residue. For a 3rd degree felony the maximum penalties are five years in prison or five years of probation and up to a $5000 fine.

Possession of Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Oxycotin

Possession of Hydrocodone in Florida is any amount less than four grams; therefore even one pill can result in a third degree felony.  A third degree felony carries with it a maximum punishment is 5 years in prison or 5 years’ probation and up to a $5000 fine.

In the past 10 years pharmaceutical crimes and drugs have become very common in Florida. Hydrocodone is a very addictive substance since its often prescribed for pain following common surgery and injury. Anyone can have access in the home and become addicted to the substance.  The main problem is pharmacies and doctors will prescribe more than necessary in the abundance of caution which the patient may not have discipline and self-control to avoid addiction. Over time the powerful nature of the drug leads to stronger and higher tolerance which causes the user to seek out larger quantities.

When charged with the drug possession crime in the State of Florida you should consult with a criminal drug defense attorney that has experience defending people accused of these crimes such as Joe Knape. You can reach him today for a free consultation at (850) 225-5563.

If you hire Orlando drug crime attorney Joseph Knape you may not need to attend your court date as he will appear on your behalf. Hopefully your case can be resolved with a dismissal or with an alternative prosecution agreement that could keep you from having to attend any court at all.

Potential Possession of Controlled Substance Defenses

As an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney Joe Knape has an array of potential strategies at his disposal in order to craft an effective defense tailored to the unique facts of your arrest and charges. These potential defenses include:

  • Illegal Stop or Search – Police must have a constitutional basis for stopping you in your vehicle or on the street and conducting a search of your person or property. If it is found that this stop and search was unconstitutional, then anything found during that search becomes inadmissible.
  • Invalid Search Warrants – It is not uncommon for marijuana possession cases, especially for cultivation, to include a search warrant. There is the potential for mistakes to be made in these warrants, resulting in the search being ruled unconstitutional. Marijuana possession attorney Joe Knape is experienced at analyzing warrants and identifying defects.
  • Types of Drug Possession – There are varying degrees of possession depending on whether law enforcement finds marijuana in your vehicle, on your person or in property for which the law presumes you have control. There are situations where this can be hard to prove. For example, if you are driving in a friend’s vehicle that suffers an accident, and the police subsequently search that vehicle and find marijuana in a bag under your seat, they will have difficulty proving it was yours. It may belong to the driver, or a previous passenger.
  • Unwitting Drug Possession – There are situations where someone may slip drugs into your backpack, purse or other property, for example during a traffic stop, in order to avoid being charged with possession of marijuana themselves. Although you may have possessed the marijuana, you did so unwittingly.
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