Kindergarten Teacher Arrested on Felony Marijuana Charges

Just a couple weeks ago, a kindergarten teacher was arrested by Tampa police upon their discovering marijuana in her home. They found more than 9 ounces of it, according to the arrest report. Law enforcement had arrived at the 47-year-old woman's home with a search warrant and found roughly 270 grams of a substance that looked like it was made of green plants, and 119 grams of some tan wax. Marijuana was discovered within both of these substances. The officers said they found some of these marijuana-laced substances in her teenage son's bedroom. The teacher admitted to officers that she knew marijuana was smoked in her home and as her son watched.

The elementary school teacher is faced with charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Just one of these charges could lead to a felony conviction. She has further been charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a dwelling for drug use, and she has been held in Hillsborough County Jail under $11,000 bail. While these charges are misdemeanors, they would still mean a criminal record.

The marijuana charge alone could lead to a felony conviction that entails five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. And someone can be charged with possession with intent to sell whether or not they actually sold an illicit substance. All it takes is for law enforcement to think that there is too much in one's possession for merely personal use. Now 9 ounces is the rough equivalent of 255 grams. What this means under Florida law is that even if the charge was changed from intent to sell to simple marijuana possession, the charge would still be enough to warrant a felony charge. Possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana could mean 5 years' imprisonment and $5,000 in fines.

No matter the type of felony charge, if it turns into a conviction, this would be a lifelong stain on someone's personal record. If a potential landlord, employer, or lender sees that you are a convicted felon, then this could close the door on all those opportunities. Even after serving a prison sentence, you would face severely diminished prospects. With these stakes, you want nothing less than the best Tampa criminal defense lawyer possible on your side. When you need tenacious defense of all your drug charges, you can find the legal representation that you need and deserve at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. We work tirelessly to ensure that our clients' rights are fully protected, and we are dedicated to getting their charges reduced or dismissed altogether, protecting their freedoms now and into the future. Contact us today!