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Marijuana Charges

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The subject of marijuana use has become a controversial issue in recent years. Due to its legalization in many jurisdictions, Florida residents may be under the impression that the legal risks associated with the drug no longer exists. However, this is a misconception as marijuana related offenses often result in jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record. Those convicted of marijuana possession may find it difficult to find employment or even housing. If you have been arrested for the possession of cannabis then it is imperative that you retain counsel immediately. Omar Abdelghany is a Tampa criminal defense attorney handling cases involving the possession or trafficking of marijuana. Contact our office today if you need assistance.

Lawyer Handling Marijuana Related Cases in Tampa, Florida

The state of Florida prohibits the possession of cannabis, also referred to as marijuana or “weed” by those who lack a valid medical prescription. Depending on the amount of the drug involved, one who is arrested with marijuana can face the following charges and penalties:

  • First degree misdemeanor charges for possessing up to 20 grams (penalized by up to one year in jail)
  • Third degree felony charges for possessing between 20 grams and 25 pounds (penalized by up to five years in prison)
  • Felony drug trafficking charges for possession of over 25 pounds (penalized by three to fifteen years in prison)

If a defendant was committing other crimes, such as illegally possessing a gun, when they were caught with marijuana then they will face additional penalties for such charges.

Misdemeanor possession cases will begin with the accused entering a plea of “not guilty” and a trial date will be set. The defense will be provided with the arrest reports and any other information which the prosecution is required to provide. As with other drug-related charges, cases stemming from the possession of marijuana often hinge on whether the police found the substance through the commission of an unreasonable search or seizure – such as the stopping of a car without reasonable suspicion to justify it. If the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights were violated by law enforcement then it may be possible, depending on the circumstances, to gain a dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal is not possible then it will be the prosecution's burden to prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed weed. Handling such matters can involve complicated constitutional and evidentiary issues. It is best to speak with an experienced attorney.

Omar Abdelghany is a Tampa criminal defense attorney handling cases involving the possession or trafficking of marijuana. He will use your initial consultation to hear your side of the story and advise you as to how your case will proceed. He will obtain any and all available evidence. If Omar believes that your rights were violated then he will file any appropriate Motions and attempt to have the case dismissed. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, and a reasonable resolution cannot be reached, then he will prepare your case for trial and ensure that your rights are protected from beginning to end. Our office understands the impact that these charges can have on your future. We are ready to assist you.

Omar also serves clients in Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Largo, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer Providing Personalized Representation in Florida Marijuana Cases

A marijuana related charge should not be taken lightly. Such offenses have devastating consequences and defendants often feel stressed and uncertain about their futures. The last thing you should have to worry about is if you will be able to reach your lawyer. Omar will handle the details of your case personally. He will promptly return all phone calls, text messages, and emails and maintain regular attorney-client communication. This high level of service is provided to each and every client we serve. We are honored to serve those in Tampa and elsewhere and we take our obligations seriously.

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"Lawyer Abdelghany, has been a tremendous blessing and stress reliever, not only to me but also to my family members in need of professional help. He was understanding of my situation and worked with me financially. I am overall grateful for him and would refer all my family and friends to hire him." Khalil Grice
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"I was in the unfortunate situation of having to hire a lawyer for my grandson and since I did not know of anyone that could refer me, I had to rely on my judgement of character and when I sat down in front of Omar, I knew that I had made the right decision. He is a very professional, well versed in the law, knowledgeable young man that takes the time to explain every aspect of your case to you. He returns calls promptly, knows your case inside out and is very punctual in meetings and court hearings. I could not have chosen a better, more qualified lawyer to represent my grandson. He comes highly recommended by me and you will not go wrong in obtaining his services." Gloria
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"It is with pleasure that we wish to recommend Mr. Omar Abdelghany in his practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney. He was hired in the defense of our son. The defense included more than one offense, which required legal maneuvering to address the issues. Omar's skills came into play in positioning the case, which resulted in a good outcome given the facts at hand." Ted