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Having a run-in with the criminal justice system feels overwhelming and frightening. You probably have many questions about how the system works, the allegations you face and the upcoming legal processes.

At The Law Office of James M. Burns, attorney James M. Burns can answer these questions and provide you with guidance regarding your circumstances. With more than 20 years of experience, he has handled a variety of serious criminal cases. This page provides the answers to some of his most frequently heard questions about criminal defense.

What Should I Do If The State Charges Me With A Crime?

The most important step is to contact a lawyer. Do not give an interview to the police. They have a way of coaxing incriminating information from suspects, even if you have done nothing wrong. Ask for an attorney and then invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

What Happens If I Violate My Probation?

Violating the conditions of probation is one of the most common reasons for arrest and incarceration. You may also face the revocation of probation or the imposition of stricter probation terms.

What Are Florida’s Restrictions On Medical Marijuana?

Florida allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, a doctor must diagnose you with a debilitating disease or a comparable debilitating condition.

What Are The Penalties For Marijuana Offenses In Florida?

If the police accuse you of possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana, you face a misdemeanor offense. The penalties for this are usually probation, community service or up to one year in jail. Possession of 20 grams or more is a felony, which may result in to up to five years in jail.

What Is Drug Trafficking? What Are Its Consequences?

The state considers the sale, trade, import or transport of illegal controlled substances trafficking. Florida’s war on drugs means that it penalizes alleged traffickers very harshly. Drug trafficking offenses are felonies that carry fines of tens of thousands of dollars and several years of prison time, regardless of the controlled substance in question.

Get More Answers From A Lawyer

These answers are just a drop in the bucket. Reach out to Mr. Burns of The Law Office of James M. Burns to speak with him in person in a free initial consultation. To contact his office, call 850-930-3018 or send him an email.