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Understanding Marijuana DUI Charges in Tampa

As Florida law does not recognize medical marijuana, possessing marijuana is always viewed as illegal. So too is driving under the influence of marijuana. If you are charged with a marijuana DUI in Tampa, then you would be charged as someone who was impaired by an illegal drug. For even a first-time marijuana DUI charge, you could be looking at six months in jail, plus a fine of $500 to $1,000. A second conviction of any type of DUI could have you facing nine months in jail, and $1,000 to $2,000 in fines. You would also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device for a minimum of one year.

If you have been charged with your third DUI within the past 10 years, then you would be looking at a third degree felony charge, one punishable by a year in jail, and up to $5,000 in fines. You would have to have an ignition interlock device for at least two years. Upon a fourth DUI conviction, you could face a five-year prison sentence and $2,000 in fines. These are the standard penalties for a DUI conviction, though there could also be aggravating factors, such as a being charged with a DUI accident.

So not only would driving under the influence of marijuana mean facing the penalties for a DUI, but it could also mean facing the penalties for marijuana possession as well. For possession of less than a full ounce of marijuana, you could face five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. This on its own would be a felony charge.

While it does not take much to land a felony charge, a felony conviction stays for life. With such a conviction on your record, you could see the door closed to numerous job and housing opportunities. The damage to your reputation could outlast any incarceration sentences. If you have been charged with a DUI, no matter how complex the case, you can find the powerful legal defense you need at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Contact us today to learn how a dedicated Tampa DUI lawyer can fight for your future.

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