On Jan. 31, two Florida State University players were charged with possession of under 20 grams of cannabis and narcotic equipment. They were first approached by a Tallahassee police officer who had seen their vehicle driving down Hayden Road with no headlights on. The car was parked in a poorly lit area near Doak Walker Stadium, and the officer noticed a smell of cannabis coming from it as she approached.
After conducting a search of the vehicle, authorities found trace amounts of marijuana as well as a cannabis cigarette. The passenger admitted that he had shared the cigarette with the driver. Those items and other evidence were taken by police. The two were given notice to appear in court on Feb. 22 and released at the scene.
Those who are convicted of drug charges can face a variety of penalties for their actions. In some cases, it will be necessary to pay a fine or perform community service. Other potential penalties could include time spent in jail or on probation. Furthermore, a conviction could make it harder to get a job, find an apartment or even stay in enrolled at a university. Talking to an attorney may be helpful when facing such a charge.
An attorney could create a defense that could lead to a plea bargain or acquittal. For instance, legal counsel might assert that the defendant posed no danger to themselves or others by using small quantities. It may also be possible to assert that evidence was obtained or handled improperly, which could lead to evidence being suppressed. In such a scenario, a case might be thrown out entirely.