Florida Highway Patrol supposedly pulled me over for my window tints because they were too dark and he said my car smelled like smoke and said he would have to search my car. I was honest and told him I had about 3 grams of marijuana in my bag. My last offense was approximately 5 years ago when I received a notice to appear and was out on probation. Now I am in the same situation. The issuing county is St. Lucie County. I have a notice to appear.
Unlawful tint is not a crime, but possession of Marijuana is a crime. Because of the significant sentencing differences between the counties, you need to hire a local attorney who knows the practices and routine sentences for St. Lucie County. Your total record is what's considered, not just when your last offense was. I strongly recommend you hire a St. Lucie County criminal defense attorney.
Possession of marijuana which, you should know by now, is still a first degree misdemeanor in this state, punishable by up to a year in the county jail. Get counsel.
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Yes, I agree with the others. Marijuana possession is punishable in the State of Florida for up to one year. Get local counsel. Next time, don't be so honest with them. Don't tell them anything and make them do their job. They typically don't cut you any breaks for being "honest" with them. Admitting to what you have in the car only adds to the evidence they have against you and makes it more difficult for a lawyer to defend your case.
Is there a possibility that you may receive jail time? Ans. Yes. The best way to avoid this possibility is to hire a good criminal defense lawyer.
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