Attorney Zahra Umansky represented a client charged with Cultivation of Cannabis (a third degree felony which carries a maximum of five years in prison, 5 years probation, & $5000 fine), possession of cannabis <20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Orlando Police Department executed a search warrant on the client’s residence based allegedly on an anonymous complaint that the occupants were allegedly growing and selling cannabis from the target residence. The police executed the warrant and allegedly found cannabis plant, contraband, blunt cigar, scale, etc in the residence. The client was not home at the time when the warrant was executed. Therefore, the detective assigned to the case applied for another warrant for the client’s arrest. Attorney Umansky was successful in arguing to the prosecutor to dismiss all charges because the entry into the residence and allegations in the warrant were not factually correct or plausible. The prosecutor did not file any formal charges against her client & dismissed all counts.
This case dealt heavily on the methods the police carried out in regards to searching the premises. The client could have faced a number of penalties in addition to the ones stated before, such as driver’s license suspension, a criminal record, and other hardships like eligibility for students grants and loans should the individual have wanted to pursue that and other personal freedoms.
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