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Florida Marijuana Arrest Lawyer

While possession of marijuana is often a misdemeanor, growing marijuana is now a major felony. Florida law enforcement has turned more attention and resources to busting “grow houses” under a new state law passed in 2008.

If you are accused of cultivating marijuana or supporting this activity, you need an experienced drug crime defense attorney to fight for your freedom. The legal team at Ferrer Shane, PL, provides sophisticated and aggressive representation to challenge the government’s case and avoid the worst consequences of these charges.

Our criminal defense lawyers practice in the state and federal courts of Miami-Dade County and the surrounding counties of South Florida. For a free initial consultation, call us at 305-262-2728 or 888-609-5947.

Marijuana Grow House Crimes

The Marijuana Grow House Eradication Act was meant to target drug trafficking rings growing marijuana at multiple locations and the increasing violence associated with those sophisticated operations. But most of the cases we defend are small-time players, people growing their own pot for medicinal or recreational purposes, or innocent family members caught up in law enforcement investigations.

The new grow house law provides more serious punishments at a lower threshold:

  • It is a third-degree felony (up to five years in prison) to own or rent a house for the purpose of cultivating, packaging or distributing marijuana.
  • It is a second-degree felony (up to 15 years in prison) to possess 25 or more cannabis plants.
  • It is a first-degree felony (up to 30 years in prison) to possess 25 plants in a home with children present.

Law enforcement often locates suspected grow houses because of fires, suspicions of neighbors, unusually high electrical bills, or tampering with electrical meters. Even if fewer than 25 plants are found on the premises, grow house charges can still be brought based on circumstantial evidence of seeds, grow lights, scales, “packaging” paraphernalia, and presence of weapons or guard dogs. Oftentimes, every resident of the home and even relatives are charged.

Our attorneys are skilled at challenging search warrants and other law enforcement actions to get these charges dismissed or reduced to possession charges. We exhaust every defense to keep our clients out of prison or minimize the punishment.

Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Drug Crime Attorneys

We understand that your future is on the line. Contact our Miami office today to discuss your rights and your options under the facts of your situation.