One Port Saint Lucie man is not lovin’ it. That’s because he was arrested trying to trade drugs for fast food. The Port Saint Lucie man pulled up to the McDonald’s drive through to place an order. When he pulled up to the next window, the McDonald’s worker asked for the cash. The man took something green out of his pocket, but it wasn’t dollar bills. The man tried to pay for his fast food with marijuana.
The McDonald’s worker wasn’t interested, and they called the police. By the time the police arrived, the man left. However, the man later decided to try again. He pulled back into the drive-through line. The police stopped him and searched his vehicle. They found marijuana and fast food. Police say that the man appeared intoxicated. The man has the right to a Port Saint Lucie criminal defense lawyer to help him fight the charges.
Even though some states have taken steps to legalize recreational marijuana use, possession of marijuana may still be an offense under Florida law. Possession of even small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense that can result to up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. You may have to pay large fines or even spend time in jail. The penalties for larger amounts of marijuana steadily increase until you can face more than 30 years in prison.
If you face charges of drug possession, a Port Saint Lucie criminal lawyer can help you explore all of the defenses available to you. For example, you might defend yourself against the charges on the grounds that you have the authorization to use medical marijuana. You might tell the court that you were not in possession of marijuana because it was never in your control. You might also say that law enforcement searched you in a way that violated your constitutional rights. Your Port Saint Lucie drug posession lawyer can work with you to make sure that you take advantage of all of the defenses that may be available to you.
Just like the man arrested for marijuana at the McDonald’s drive through, you have the right to hire a Port Saint Lucie drug possession lawyer to help you fight the charges. You might take your case to trial or negotiate a non-trial resolution. With years in jail or prison on the line, it’s important to understand that in Florida, possession of marijuana is a serious criminal offense.
If you or someone you know have been in a similar legal situation contact Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq., & Associates, LLC at (772) 489-8501.