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Woman faces drug charges after setting off alarm in home

Drug charges in Florida are often perceived as being lodged against those who are selling, manufacturing, trafficking and distributing them. However, that is not always the case. Often, these arrests are not due to an ongoing criminal enterprise, suspicious activity or complaints, but as a matter of circumstance. Law enforcement must make arrests in these cases just like any other, but there are many avenues for defense against a low-level charge of drug possession if the person was simply a marijuana user who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A 53-year-old woman was arrested on marijuana charges after law enforcement came to her home to investigate an alarm that had been tripped. The incident occurred at around 1 a.m. when the woman had gone into her garage and set off the alarm. When law enforcement arrived, the woman told them that it was a mistake and she had set off her own alarm. However, one of the officers smelled marijuana emanating from her residence. He asked her if she was smoking it and she responded that she had been. She asked the officer if he wanted the substance. He went to her kitchen and she gave him a plastic bag with the drug. She was using a soda can to smoke it. She was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Despite the debate across the nation as to whether marijuana should be legalized and the decision by many states that it should be, it remains illegal in Florida. People who possess it, even in small amounts, can find themselves under arrest and facing drug charges. It might not sound like it is a serious issue, but people who are arrested can still have a criminal record and face problems because of it. Fortunately, in many cases, there are an array of options to reduce the charges or even have them dismissed. Regardless of whether it is a small amount for personal use or a larger amount for sale, having legal advice to deal with the charges is vital.

A woman was caught up in an unfortunate situation when she set off an alarm in her own garage and was arrested for marijuana possession when deputies arrived. Although it sounds like a small infraction, she should still have a strong legal defense. A law firm that has experience in helping people confronted with drug crimes should be contacted for help immediately.

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