The crime of marijuana possession is fairly well understood, but charges relating to distribution of this illegal drug can be somewhat more complicated. An alleged offender may be accused of distributing cannabis if he or she sold, purchased, delivered, imported, manufactured, possessed with intent to sell, or kept or maintained a store, warehouse, vehicle, or other structure that was used to cultivate, manufacture, or store marijuana.
When cannabis exceeds a certain amount, people can face trafficking charges. However, any quantity of marijuana below that threshold may be classified as distribution if authorities suspect that there was a conspiracy to sell, delivery, or otherwise distribute the drugs.
Have you been arrested for allegedly distributing cannabis in South Florida? You will want to immediately have proficient legal representation who can give you the best chance of having the charges you face significantly reduced or possibly even dismissed.
The Palm Beach County marijuana distribution attorneys of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fight to get favorable outcomes for clients in such communities as Riviera Beach, Boca Raton, Greenacres, Royal Palm Beach, and Jupiter. Our firm will provide a thorough analysis of your case to help you understand all of your legal options as soon as you call (561) 283-3259 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Under Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes, distribution of cannabis may be classified as one of the following criminal offenses, depending on the alleged amount:
It is important to understand that there are aggravating factors that can result in enhanced penalties. Under Florida Statute § 893.13, the following offenses are both classified as second-degree felonies:
In addition to having a devastating charge added to his or her criminal record, an alleged offender also faces possible imprisonment and very steep fines if he or she is convicted. The possible consequences of a conviction may include:
Every arrest relating to cannabis distribution is unique. As a result, alleged offenders can have a variety of defenses available to them, depending on their specific circumstances.
Some common defenses in these types of cases include, but are not limited to:
If you have been charged with alleged cannabis distribution in South Florida, you should not waste any time in making sure that you have highly skilled legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. has more than two decades of experience fighting for clients in Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, and many surrounding areas.
Our firm was founded by a former felony special unit prosecutor and a former major crimes public defender, and this background allows us to provide the people we serve with a full perspective of how their cases will be handled and what can be expected in the courtroom. Let us review your own case by calling (561) 283-3259 today to take advantage of a free consultation.