Category: Marijuana

What is medical cannabis?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In Florida, the use of marijuana is still a crime. It was supposed to be passed into law in 2014; however, there is hope that it will be legalized in the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature. The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 allows doctors to order a low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis under Chapter 458 and Chapter 459 of the Florida Statutes. This began in January of 2015. This doesn’t mean you can go to a doctor and ask him for marijuana or cannabis. You have to be able to prove you need it. If you are caught with it on your person, in your car or in your house, you will be arrested and charged. Knowing this, you may... Read More »

What is the drug court system in Florida?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting charged with possessing, selling or trafficking marijuana in Florida will probably see you end up in drug court. This type of special setting sees better outcomes for those who are sentenced there. The first drug court was created in Florida in 1989 in the Miami-Dade area. Now, because this court was set up, there are over 2,700 drug courts in America that deal with subjects like drug abuse, mental illness and other issues that extend beyond drugs. Studies have been done to research whether or not the drug court concept has helped with such subjects as reducing crime, providing better treatment outcomes and even the cost effectiveness of the court. The news is good. The courts have reached these... Read More »

Marijuana possession can be misdemeanor or felony

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, October 2, 2015

Being in possession of or selling marijuana in Florida can lead to fines and jail time. Anywhere from one year and $1,000 to 30 years and $200,000 is what you may be up against. It is a misdemeanor to have less than 20 grams of this drug on your body. It doesn’t matter if you planned to sell it or use it, you will be charged with this crime if you are caught. At Mike G Law, we know how to help you if you are charged with the possession or sale of marijuana. Many times, if you agree to go to a rehabilitation facility in the county you were arrested in, you might be able to avoid going to... Read More »

Building a defense against a marijuana drug possession charge

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, July 20, 2015

Being charged with the crime of marijuana possession or marijuana trafficking can be so disheartening. You are in a position that can ruin your future. You could lose your job, your friends and even alienate your loved ones. Too often, the authorities are more interested in having a high number of arrests and convictions instead of seeking the truth. This means that your rights may not be on the top of their list. The best advice that can be given is for you to say nothing to their questions and to ask for an attorney. The law office of Mike G. Law can help. We have over 20 years of experience in this area and can get your charges mitigated... Read More »

The purpose and timing of the Miranda warning

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, June 25, 2015

While on-screen crime dramas may lead you to believe that officers usually read people the Miranda warning at the time of arrest, this actually isn’t always the case. While some officers may choose to do this in case the defendant says something self-incriminating before questioning has officially begun, the Miranda warning just has to be read to the defendant before police interrogation. The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution protects all U.S. citizens’ right to remain silent and refuse to answer any questions that may be self-incriminating. The only answer you must provide is your correct name. The Miranda warning also includes your right to have an attorney and the right to stop after beginning to answer questions and to ask... Read More »

Veteran on trial for using marijuana to cope with PTSD

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, May 15, 2015

A Florida war veteran is facing charges of growing and using marijuana after police found six plants in the man’s West Palm Beach home. According to reports, the man had been using marijuana to self-medicate for post-traumatic stress disorder. The man’s story began in 2003, when he joined the army and was then stationed overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. The soldier was regularly subjected to gunfire, and in 2005, he witnessed the death of an 11-year-old boy he had become friends with. The boy was reportedly shot and killed when the man’s unit was hit by gunfire in an alley. After his service, the Army vet was presented with several medals and ribbons, and he was given an honorable medical... Read More »

Will I be charged with a misdemeanor or felony?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Under Florida law, whether you are charged with misdemeanor or felony marijuana charges depends on how much of the substance was involved, the type of marijuana and whether the alleged offense occurred near a school. Being charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a misdemeanor and is punishable by one year in prison and a $1,000 fine. A conviction for selling or possessing marijuana concentrates and hashish is an automatic felony, no matter how much of the substance was found. For regular marijuana, possession or sale of 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor and carries a one-year sentence and a fine of $1,000 for possession and $10,000 for selling. More than 20 grams means you could be facing felony... Read More »

Are marijuana-sniffing dogs an endangered species?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Saturday, January 31, 2015

Police have long used drug-sniffing dogs in the war on drugs. A dog’s much-more-sensitive olfactory powers allow it to detect the presence of drugs inside of vehicles and luggage that law enforcement would otherwise need a warrant to search. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1980s that a dog sniff is not a search, so is not subject to Fourth Amendment requirements. However, a properly trained dog can provide police with the probable cause they need to then conduct a legal search. However problematic the underlying logic, this has been the law. It works because the dog is trained to alert to the scents of drugs like cocaine, marijuana, heroin or methamphetamine, and the possession of any amount of... Read More »

2 Tampa residents charged marijuana trafficking

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, January 2, 2015

Two Hillsborough County residents are facing marijuana charges after officers reported finding plants and other items at a home on Eldorado Drive. According to reports, the investigation started after the Tampa Electric Company found that the house had an illegal connection that was siphoning power to the house. Tampa Electric estimated that the value of the unmetered power was approximately $4,980. When officers with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office when to investigate, they claim that the owner of the house gave them permission to search the residence. It was during this search that police claim they found 19 marijuana plants, 218 pounds of marijuana and other items used to grow the plants. Deputies estimate the street value of the marijuana... Read More »