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We have deep ties to the community, we have represented clients in Southwest Florida for more than 25 years.

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Can keeping a bit of weed in your car in Florida hurt you?

Many people in Florida keep small amounts of weed at home or in their car. However, it is important to know that the possession of marijuana is still illegal under state law. Even possessing a small amount, commonly referred to as a “personal use” amount, can result in serious legal consequences.

Any amount of marijuana possession can lead to misdemeanor charges, fines and even jail time.

Potential legal and personal consequences

If authorities catch you with marijuana in your car in Florida, you could face charges of possession. This can lead to a criminal record, which can have long-lasting educational, employment and personal effects.

Additionally, if you face charges of driving under the influence of marijuana, you could face even harsher penalties. They include license revocation and potential incarceration.

Risks of traffic stop escalation

Police officers often conduct routine traffic stops for various reasons. If they suspect that you have illegal substances, they may search your vehicle. Even if you believe you are not doing anything wrong, a simple traffic violation could escalate into a much more serious situation if police find marijuana in your car.

Impact on future opportunities

Having a criminal record, even for a seemingly minor offense, can limit your future opportunities. Many employers conduct background checks as part of the hiring process. A criminal record could disqualify you from certain jobs. Similarly, colleges and universities may consider criminal history when reviewing applications.

Keeping even a small amount of weed in your car in Florida can have serious long-term implications. Weigh the potential risks before making any decisions regarding marijuana transportation or possession.

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