On February 2nd, 2021, an important update was made to the policies for the prosecution of cannabis and tetrahydrocannabinol cases in Broward County, Florida.
According to the new policy, the goal of this policy change is to support both law enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney in devoting resources to fight serious criminal offenses to better serve the community's public safety needs.
This change allows those who want to stop the use of cannabis the opportunity to get help without obtaining a criminal record. The possession of cannabis and other drug paraphernalia that are related to other offenses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you've been arrested for drug possession in the state of Florida, it's best to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
In the last update dated August 19, 2019, the minimum required threshold for a cannabis-related felony charge is 24 grams (net weight). This same threshold net weight is now applied to the filing and prosecution of all felony possession related offenses in Broward County.
Can I Be Let Off With a Warning for Marijuana Possession in Broward County?
Now, it is up to law enforcement's discretion whether or not to make an arrest for cannabis. This can include referring adult cases to local diversion programs similar to the Palm Beach County DUI Diversion Program. In cases where cannabis is found on a juvenile, a civil citation will be issued in most scenarios.
Matthew Konecky is a criminal defense and personal injury attorney based out of Palm Beach County Florida. He is also the author of 'My Loved One Has Been Arrested, What’s Next?' If you've been arrested in the state of Florida for drug possession, contact us immediately at 561-671-5995 or by clicking here and our experienced criminal defense attorney will provide the help you need relating to your case.