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Marijuana Possession Attorney in Tavares, FL

While marijuana is legal in some states, Florida is not one of those states at the present time.  Those arrested for possession of marijuana are often frightened and not sure of what to expect in terms of legal ramifications and punishment.  At Adams & Luka, our Tavares drug possession lawyers are skilled, experienced, and dedicated to making sure accusations of possessing marijuana do not haunt you for the rest of your life.

Lake County, FL Marijuana Possession

In Tavares and throughout Lake County, FL, marijuana possession is a criminal offense that may leave you facing misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the amount of cannabis involved and other factors.  If you are found in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, it is generally a misdemeanor offense.  More than 20 grams of cannabis, and you may be charged with felony marijuana possession.

The criminal penalties are typically more serious for those charged with a felony offense than for those charged with a misdemeanor offense.  Regardless, you do not want to have a misdemeanor or felony conviction on your record, as it can result it loss of job opportunities, eligibility for loans or student grants, and more.  There is much at stake in regards to your future; it is essential to work with a qualified criminal defense attorney in Tavares.

Lake County, FL Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The criminal penalties you may face if charged with marijuana possession depend primarily on whether the charge is classified as misdemeanor or felony.  Other factors may come into play, however any conviction will affect your freedom as well as your future.

    1.    If you are found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession, you may face driver's license suspension, a $1,000 fine, and a maximum of one year in jail or probation.

    2.    If convicted of felony marijuana possession, the penalties are substantially greater and include driver's license suspension, fines of up to $5,000, and up to five years in jail.

The punishment you may face also depends on whether you are charged with a first- or second-degree misdemeanor, or a first-, second- or third-degree felony.  Prosecutors often work to "trump up" a marijuana possession offense to one that involves the intent to sell, deliver, or traffic.  This can result in severe penalties, including fines of as much as $200,000 and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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There are several effective defense strategies for those accused of marijuana possession in Tavares.  In many instances, the outcome depends on whether an illegal search and/or seizure may have been performed by law enforcement.  While possession of marijuana may not seem like a big deal, it actually is considering the loss of freedom and job opportunities you may face.  A criminal record could impact your life forever.  At Adams & Luka, our Tavares criminal defense attorneys work vigorously to protect your future and freedom, developing a solid defense strategy should your case go to trial.  We will provide the legal guidance essential for good results, answer your questions, and explore all possible legal options.  Contact us now for a free consultation.
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I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink