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Florida Minor in Possession Charges

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

September 13, 2019

Adults convicted of possession charges may face fines, imprisonment, and other penalties. Based on this fact, what happens when a Florida minor is found in possession of drugs? Well, let’s take a look.

Minor in Possession Charges

Charges for drug possession are the same whether the accused is a juvenile or an adult. Therefore, the age of the perpetrator has no direct impact on the potential penalties of a possession crime.

Potential Florida juvenile possession charges are impacted by the following:

  • The type of drug in the minor’s possession;
  • The quantity of drugs in the minor’s possession;
  • The place where the minor possessed the drugs (school, federal property, etc.)

Now, we could go into the details of every drug possession charge that exists, but a minor is most likely to face marijuana possession charges, so the penalties for these charges are what we will examine.

Marijuana Possession Charges

If a minor has less than 20 grams of marijuana, he or she could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. A first-degree misdemeanor conviction could result in a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. If the possession charge happened at school, penalties could increase.

As you can see, minor in possession charges are serious criminal convictions that can severely hamper a child’s future. If your child is accused of possession, hiring experienced criminal defense for their case could be the difference between a conviction and your child going free.

Call (386) 693-1637 now for an immediate consultation for your child’s case!