Arrested For Marijuana Possession In New Port Richey?
Possession of even small amounts of a controlled substance can result in serious consequences, particularly if you have any prior convictions. The most common arrests in New Port Richey for drug possession involve Marijuana charges.
More severe charges typically result in harsher penalties if a firearm was used, or you were engaged in activity near a protected zone (such as a school or park), or minors are involved. The level of punishment for drug possession depends on details, such as:
- The classification of Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug; the DEA’s most serious category of illegal substances.
- The quantity of the Marijuana in question
- Why you possessed it — e.g., intent to sell or recreational
- Whether you were carrying paraphernalia
It is important that any Marijuana possession charges don’t go as high as trafficking, as those offenses carry mandatory minimum sentencing that can result in several years of prison time and thousands of dollars in fines, if convicted.
Marijuana Possession Penalties In Pasco & New Port Richey Area
In an article posted by Norml.org, they mention the Possession penalties in Florida, here are some.
- Possession of 20 grams or less of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.
- Possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Any person who is knowingly in active or constructive possession of 25 pounds or less of cannabis is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.
- Any person who is knowingly in active or constructive possession of more than 25 pounds – 2,000 pounds of cannabis (or 300-2,000 plants) is a felony punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $25,000.
If you were driving, had paraphernalia or it was has instead of Marijuana, that all makes a difference in the matter of sentencing. It also depends on your past record. If you were growing Marijuana, see this article.
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