In terms of felony
possession of marijuana, there are two instances in which you can be charged with a 3rd-degree felony.
One is if you are in possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.
The other is if there is an indication that the marijuana in your possession
is intended to be sold or distributed. This too is a felony charge and
it does not need to meet the "more than 20 grams" threshhold.
In Miami and Broward, law enforcement agencies dedicate time and resources
to busting suspected dealers.
The indicia of marijuana for sale and marijuana for personal use depends
on the circumstances. For one, officers may look to see if the marijuana
is in a single bag or is individually packaged. If the marijuana is all
in one bag, it is more likely intended for personal use. If the amount
is 20 grams or less, the charge will be a misdemeanor.
If the marijuana is packaged separately, and perhaps the officers find
scales, baggies, cash, or any other
; they may charge you with possession with intent to sell.
The work of a
Miami-Dade County criminal defense attorney comes into play during the early stages of a possession with intent to
sell marijuana case. That is because during this 21-day window of time
while a prosecutor is reviewing the charges, an attorney may be able to
convince them that the marijuana was intended for personal use. This can
felony charges being reduced to misdemeanor charges
If felony charges are filed, then many constitutional challenges may exist.
Upon reviewing the evidence, your criminal defense attorney may determine
that the police did not have legal grounds to search you. If that is the
case, then a motion to suppress may result in the exclusion of the marijuana,
which means that the State Attorney would be forced to drop the charges.