In a case which has finally come to a close, our client Bradford L. was able to avoid a possible felony conviction in a somewhat unique marijuana case. Our West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Richard Tendler, was able to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors in which Bradford pled guilty to significantly reduced charges.
The Initial Incident
Bradford owns a home in Lake Worth, Florida, which he had protected with a home alarm system. While out riding his motorcycle on March 14, the alarm was set off and the alarm company was unable to reach him on his cell phone. Police responded to the scene, and were waiting for permission to search the premises when Bradford returned.
Our client consented to the search of the property, but deputies quickly noticed a strong smell of marijuana. Further searching revealed several pots with cannabis stems, and Bradford openly admitted to officers that he grew a small number of the plants for personal use. He was promptly arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, as well as cultivation of cannabis.
Serious Felony Charges
In the state of Florida, cultivation or manufacture of cannabis is at least a third degree felony charge, and can be escalated to a second or first degree felony if certain other conditions apply. In this case, Bradford faced third degree felony charges. However, he also faced potential felony charges related to the possession of less than 25 plants. Each of these crimes are punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a fine of $5000 each.
Ultimately, Attorney Tendler was able to negotiate a plea bargain for the lesser crime of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, which is a simple misdemeanor crime. This was a huge victory for our client, as it was abundantly clear that the plants were simply grown for personal use and were not intended for distribution or resale.
Proudly Fighting for Justice
This case serves as a reminder of the major impact an experienced Palm Beach criminal defense attorney can have on the outcome of your case. Had Bradford not sought high-quality representation, it’s likely that he would now be a convicted felon for simply growing weed for personal use.
If you’re facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Richard Tendler today for the tough defense you need. When you retain our firm, you can trust that Attorney Tendler will aggressively fight to defend your rights and freedom, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results in your case.