Taking Decisive Action On Behalf Of People Facing Marijuana Charges
While some states have relatively progressive marijuana laws, Florida does not. Florida does not have any medical marijuana laws and, in fact, has severe penalties for the sale, distribution or cultivation of marijuana. In certain situations, mandatory minimum penalties could apply. Federal penalties for distributing marijuana are also severe. If you have been accused of selling, distributing or cultivating marijuana, you know that you face serious charges. It is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and seek the best available result in your case.
We are the law firm of O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA. Based in Tampa and serving clients across Florida, we have devoted our careers to providing strong defense against serious criminal allegations.
Marijuana Distribution In Florida Can Lead To Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences
If you are found in possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana or 300 or more cannabis plants, you can be charged with trafficking in cannabis. Under Florida law, this crime is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. These penalties escalate all the way to a 15-year mandatory minimum, depending on the amount of marijuana.
Our Tampa marijuana distribution attorneys will provide dedicated, skilled representation. Our first goal in every case is to seek a dismissal of the charges. We will look closely at how the police recovered the drugs in question. If they violated your rights when searching you, your home or your vehicle, we will ask the court to suppress this evidence and dismiss your case. If there is doubt as to whether you possessed the drugs, we will argue to the prosecution and the judge that the government has not met its burden of proof.
“Mark J. O’Brien, a former prosecutor in Miami, convinced the jury that his client was a small-time pot dealer duped into playing a role in a conspiracy orchestrated by federal drug agents.”
– Orlando Sentinel
We will develop a strategy in the earliest stages of your case designed to minimize the impact of these allegations. If a dismissal of the charges is not possible, we do what we can within the law to seek reduced charges.