|Frequently Asked Questions|
Marijuana Charges in Tampa, Florida | Hillsborough County
Ask a Lawyer - Free Phone Consultation Call 813-222-2220
Isn't Marijuana Legal in Florida?
Here are a Few Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Can Marijuana Charges be Dropped?
Notice: Under Florida law all drug convictions can result in a 2-year (24 month) suspension of driver's license.
Drug2103 Possession of Cannabis Less than 20 Grams
Florida Courts Do Not Require and Expert or a Lab Test to Prove Possession Charges or to establish the chemical makeup of Cannabis or Marijuana. The field presumptive test and the testimony of the arresting officer is all they need.
|Possession of Cannabis|
Less Than 20 Grams
893.13.6(b) If the offense is the possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis, as defined in this chapter, the person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. For the purposes of this subsection, “cannabis” does not include the resin extracted from the plants of the genus Cannabis, or any compound manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such resin.
Drug2102 Possession of Cannabis More than 20 Grams
Possession of more than 20 grams of weed is a felony in Florida. Cops can and do attempt to seize and forfeit motor vehicles used during the alleged crime. Additionally, judges and prosecutors can and do seek suspension of a driver's license for 2 years. In short, Florida drug laws remain harsh for those who do not have a compassionate use medical marijuana card.
|Felony Possession of Cannabis|
Chapter 893 DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
893.13 Prohibited acts; penalties.
(6)(a) It is unlawful for any person to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance unless such controlled substance was lawfully obtained from a practitioner or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice or to be in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance except as otherwise authorized by this chapter. Any person who violates this provision commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
|Florida State Marijuana |
Law Penalty Summary
What are the Penalties - Florida State Marijuana Law Penalty Summary:
20 g or less Misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
More than 20 g Felony 5 years $5,000
Sale or Cultivation:
Delivery of 20 g or less Misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
25 lbs or less Felony 5 years $5,000
25 to 2,000 lbs (or 2,000 plants) Felony 3 years MinMan* $25,000
2,000 to 10,000 lbs (or 10,000 plants) Felony 7 years Min Man* $50,000
10,000 lbs (or 10,000 plants) or more Felony 15 years MinMan* $200,000
Within 1,000 feet of school or other Felony 15 years $10,000
* MinMan = Mandatory minimum sentence.
Paraphernalia possession misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
Any conviction causes driver's license suspension for 6 months to 2 years.
Any sale or delivery occurring within 1,000 feet of a specified location is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
What Are Charge Codes?
Marijuana Cannabis Charges in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida?
Constructive Possession Cannabis | Defense Win
Source: 36 Fla. L. Weekly D1266a
Free Phone Consultation 1-877-793-9290
Florida Grow House Defense
"Florida law has harsh penalties for those
|Grow House Defense|
Generally charges of cultivating marijuana and manufacturing marijuana are filed. Some Grow house Search Warrants are issued after informant, landlord, or anonymous tips.
Florida Grow House Lawyer
Get professional affordable help from a Florida Grow House Attorney, Former Prosecutor, W.F. "Casey" Ebsary, Jr.,. Casey was an Assistant State Attorney / Prosecutor in the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office. Practice also covers Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando County, Florida.
Board Certified Criminal Trial
Tampa, Florida Grow House Attorney, Casey Ebsary, is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar. Less than one-half of one-percent of Florida's attorneys have qualified for this distinction. Click on the Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Icon / Symbol above to review Casey's qualifications.
W.F. "Casey" Ebsary, Jr. has mastered his skills and earned a Rating of AV Preeminent - the pinnacle of Professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted resource, Martindale / Lawyers.com.
Casey is AV Rated - The ratings body has stated: "AV® Preeminent™ certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that [Casey's] peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence."
AV Rated Martindale / Lawyers.com
See Florida Attorney Casey Ebsary Qualifications
Maps of Recent Tampa Grow House Busts:
- 204 marijuana plants
- 9 mm handgun
- 213 pounds
- $320,000 worth of Weed
- $8,000 in electricity
2506 Mabry St Tampa, FL 33618
UPDATE: Here is a map of a recent grow house bust in Tampa, Florida. The alleged haul was equipment plus $170,000 worth of cultivated cannibis.
7205 North Coolidge Avenue, Tampa, FL
Florida Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act Cannabis LawFlorida Statutes and Rules regarding seized drugs have changed. After seized drug evidence is documented, it may be destroyed. Florida law has harsh penalties for those convicted of operating a grow house. Serious charges an be filed for as few as 25 plants.
|Expert Defense Attorney|
Inside the Growhouse | Videos
What About The Florida Cultivation Laws?
Recently, the rules regarding seized marijuana changed. Under the Florida Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act Cannabis Law, once the evidence is documented, it can be destroyed. New Florida Cultivation Laws law also dictate harsher penalties for those who are convicted of running a grow house. Previously, growers had only faced serious charges if they cultivated at least 300 plants. After the new law went into effect, the standard was reduced to 25 plants.
Cultivation of Marijuana Laws in Florida are tough. Florida has especially harsh marijuana laws when it comes to manufacture of cannabis. Recently law enforcement has targeted grow houses. Florida Statutes Section 893.13 applies to cultivation charges.
What About Federal Charges in Cannabis Cultivation Cases?
According to one news report from Lakeland in Polk County, Florida, asset forfeiture and prison are a real possibility upon conviction. One federal judge sentenced three Polk County men in Tampa for operating a marijuana grow house network. Each defendant was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison and ordered to pay a total of $41,876 in restitution to the electric companies involved for stolen electricity at five grow houses, according to the United States Attorney's Office.
Another grower was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and his home was also forfeited. In that federal indictment, the charges were conspiracy to manufacture 100 or more marijuana plants. The indictment also alleged the defendants maintained a place for the purpose of manufacturing marijuana plants.
Casey is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer with diverse criminal litigation experience. Licensed in Florida, Federal Middle District of Florida, and the 11th Federal Circuit. Main Tampa Office Conveniently Located