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Are marijuana possession charges a big deal in Florida?

It's safe to say that society's view on marijuana has changed in recent years. In fact, according to a Gallup poll from less than a year ago, 58 percent of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legalized in the U.S.

However, just because most Americans support the legalization of marijuana doesn't mean that the laws in every state have changed or that a police officer will look the other way if you are caught with a small amount of weed.

In Florida, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug, and possession charges need to be taken seriously.

Those charged with possessing 20 grams of marijuana or less can be convicted of a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail. They also face losing their driver's license for two years and a permanent criminal record, which can make getting a job, a loan or a place to live very difficult.

What you should do after being charged with marijuana possession

Sure, you could plead guilty and face the consequences of the misdemeanor conviction. But in addition to having a criminal record, paying a fine of up to $1,000 and potentially spending time in jail, you will also have to live with the decision for years to come.

The better choice is to fight the charges with the help of a defense lawyer.

Your lawyer can work with the prosecutor to lessen the consequences that you face and protect your future. Whether you made a mistake and are willing to admit it, or you were wrongfully blamed for someone else's actions, a defense lawyer can help you get the best outcome possible in your case.

If you plan to one day apply for financial aid for college, apply for a job, apply for a place to live, or apply for a mortgage, then you need to take your marijuana possession charge seriously by calling a lawyer.

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