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St Lucie Drug Defense Lawyer

St. Lucie Man Arrested for Dealing Drugs

Florida has some of the strictest laws of the 50 states for drug possession. Someone who is convicted of possession of an illegal substance such as marijuana can find himself or herself behind bars for a period of up to one year if the quantity is less than 20 grams. The fines associated with such a crime can be as high as $1,000. Persons who are convicted of having large amounts of marijuana (more than 20 grams) have to face felony charges with prison sentences of up to five years. The judge may also assess a $5,000 charge to the offense.

A St. Lucie couple was recently arrested and charged with several drug violations, including possession of large amounts of marijuana. The police initially pulled over the vehicle because of a headlight that was out. The couple was driving a Ford Fusion at 8 p.m. at night, which made the missing headlight extremely obvious. The police smelled marijuana when they made the stop, so they proceeded to conduct a search of the vehicle and the persons. They found a wide variety of incriminating items such as a stolen handgun, a pound of marijuana, and over $6,000 in cash.

The items that the police found make the defendants appear guilty in a number of crimes. However, everyone in Florida has the right to legal representation, and no one is guilty until the prosecution proves him or her to be such. The couple can contact an experienced St. Lucie drug defense lawyer to represent them. A skilled attorney can make many defensive moves that can get the defendants acquitted by introducing reasonable doubt. A person can be close to incriminating drugs and still not be convicted for owning them. A passenger does not have to claim a stolen handgun if he or she does not desire to do such. Many defense options are available for a person who is assertive enough to hire the right representation.

Jeffery H. Garland is a St Lucie drug defense lawyer with years of experience and a fierce eye for proving prosecutors wrong. He can assist with St. Lucie and Fort Pierce drug charges as well as charges that occur in the surrounding areas.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a drug crime, you can increase your chances of a dismissal by contacting the firm at 772-489-2200. The attorneys will be more than happy to free you.