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Bear with me just a moment while I review the relevant statutes.
Under Florida Criminal Statute §893.13(6)(b), possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a First Degree Misdemeanor.
A 1st degree misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine.
That said, jail time is not very likely for a first offense. Instead, you're probably looking at a fine of approximately $500 and probation for 6 months or so.
Understand that jail time is possible - - but it's not very likely.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
I have never been arrested before, this is my first offense ever.
What usually happens at at pre-trial conferences?
I received, signed and returned a waiver to appear document, does not being present at my pre-trial conference hurt me in anyway? Why is this document provided?
Can I be sentenced at a pre-trial conference and is it mandatory that I be present when sentencing is passed even if i was given a waiver to appear document from my lawyer?
Are prosecutors and judges known to be lenient on first offenders?
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