What are the Criminal Charges for drug possessions and their sentences?

Most drug possessions are first degree misdemeanors, the highest level of misdemeanor. The maximum sentence is up to 1 year in county jail for a first degree misdemeanor, 60 days for a second degree misdemeanor, 12 months of probation, or a combination thereof.

On a first degree misdemeanor possession of Marijuana charge, it is likely that someone with a limited record would receive a withhold of adjudication, a 12 month probation sentence, 50 hours of community service, a drug evaluation and treatment if recommended.

They’d also have random urinalysis. They’d see a probation officer once a month, at the county level. If all court costs are paid? done, there have been been no positive tests and community service hours are completed, oftentimes judges will allow an early termination of that probation after you’ve served half of it.

Early termination of probation is something you’ll need an criminal defense attorney to request from the court. 99 times out of 100 we offer that to our clients without any additional costs.

Author: Amir Ladan
A former assistant state attorney for Orange/Osceola Counties, Amir has handled thousands of cases and dozens of trials, ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to murder, in both adult and juvenile court.

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