Attorney Shafer Achieves Dismissal of Client’s Drug Possession Charges
Possession of Cannabis Case of State v. T.L. Dismissed
Attorney T. Charles Shafer recently secured the dismissal of a client’s case for possession of cannabis charges. The client had been charged with the crime on the morning of September 17th, 2014, when a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over his truck for suspicious driving behavior. Although the client consented to the deputy searching the vehicle, he had not consented to being personally searched. Upon exiting the vehicle, the client, who cooperated with instructions and was unarmed, was then patted down by the deputy. The deputy discovered rolling papers, and asked if the client had cannabis. Upon answering affirmatively, the client was arrested.
After being retained, Attorney Shafer immediately started building a case for the client. When researching the issues surrounding pat-down searches, he quickly discovered that the deputy violated the client’s constitutional rights. Attorney Shafer then filed a motion to suppress the evidence as it was obtained in violation of the client’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. When it came time for the scheduled hearing, the State announced in court that the case was being dismissed.
What are the penalties for cannabis possession in Florida?
Although a number of states have legalized recreational cannabis use in recent years, it is still illegal in the state of Florida. Depending on the amount of the substance, cannabis possession can be either a misdemeanor of felony in the state of Florida.
The penalties are as follows:
- 20 grams or less: Up to 1 year of jail, max fine of $1,000, driver’s license suspension for 1 year; misdemeanor
- Fewer than 25 plants or over 20 grams: Up to 5 years and $5,000 maximum fine; felony
- 25 plants or more: Up to 15 years and $10,000 max fine; felony
Charged with possession of cannabis?
If you have been accused of possessing cannabis, it is crucial that you find an attorney in a timely manner. At T. Charles Shafer, Attorney at Law, you get counsel from an experienced Fort Pierce criminal attorney. Attorney Shafer has devoted his career to advocating for the criminally accused and knows how to handle tough cases. With more than 25 years of experience, he has fought for people from all walks of life, and has earned a 10.0 Super Avvo Rating and a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Rating.
Call the firm today to request a free case evaluation to learn about your defense options!