Indoor Grow House Defense Lawyers

Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug in the state of Florida. Charges for marijuana-related offenses often carry serious penalties that include incarceration and costly fines. If you have been charged with a marijuana-related drug offense, you’re likely worried about your future. The best course of action is to hire an attorney with experience defending drug offenses in Florida.

The attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are a trusted source of legal representation and are committed to providing you with a defense strategy that stands up in court. They will walk you through the legal process and work to reduce the penalties you may face so you can return to normal life as soon as possible.

Can I Be Arrested For Growing Marijuana In My House?

A serious marijuana-related offense in Florida is the cultivation of marijuana. Although you might believe that you’re able to do anything you wish in your home, growing and cultivating marijuana is illegal. According to Florida law, cultivation is “the preparation of any soil or hydroponic medium for the planting of a controlled substance or the tending and care or harvesting of a controlled substance.”

While some people cultivate marijuana in their own homes, others rent or purchase houses for the sole purpose of running a “grow house.” In Florida, grow houses are illegal. If a person is caught running a grow house, they can face serious legal charges as a third-degree felony.

Charges for cultivation are more severe if the grow house is located within 1,000 feet of a:

  • Childcare facility
  • School
  • Park
  • Community center
  • Public recreation facility
  • Church or place of worship
  • Public housing facility
  • Assisted living facility

If you’ve been charged with a felony for running a grow house, you need trusted legal representation on your side to fight for you.

Penalties for Marijuana Cultivation In Florida

Operating a grow house and cultivating marijuana is a third-degree felony. Third-degree felonies are serious crimes and are subject to severe penalties. The most common penalties for third-degree felonies include:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Up to $10,000 in fines
  • Long-term probation

In specific circumstances, the cultivation of marijuana can be considered a first-degree felony punishable by up to $10,000 in fines or 30 years in prison.

Viable Defense Strategies for Running a Grow House

If the authorities come knocking on your door asking to see your property because they suspect that you’re operating a grow house, you don’t have to allow them access unless they have a warrant. To get convicted of running a grow house, the prosecution must be able to prove without a doubt that you were:

  • Participating in the planting, cultivation, drying, harvesting, or processing of marijuana
  • You knew that the plants you were cultivating were marijuana

It’s in your best interest to not speak to the authorities about charges for operating a grow house until you hire a knowledgeable attorney. The right lawyer will be able to develop a specific defense strategy based upon the details of your case.

Some of the most common defense strategies for cultivation marijuana include:

  • You did not know the plants were marijuana
  • The property didn’t belong to you
  • You didn’t know there were marijuana plants on your property

At The Umansky Law Firm, we’re intentional about getting to know you and your case before we develop a defense strategy.

Proven Drug Defense Attorneys in Your Orlando Neighborhood

In Orlando, The Umansky Law Firm is a top choice for legal representation for drug defense cases. The attorneys at our firm have more than 100 years of combined experience and have won thousands of drug offense cases across the State of Florida. The Umansky Law Firm is recognized as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite, named among Florida’s Super Lawyers and highly rated on Avvo.com by clients and peers.

To schedule your free consultation, call our office at 407-228-3838 or fill out our online contact form today. We believe everyone deserves a second chance and that you should start on your way to yours now.