Cultivation/Grow Houses Defense Attorneys
As foreclosure has devastated entire Florida suburbs, the state of our real estate market has become the focus of national news. What has not received as much widespread attention is the use of abandoned and foreclosed homes as grow houses.
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, in Orlando, Florida, our experienced criminal defense attorneys have seen the state of Florida crack down on this practice. Over the past few years, law enforcement has stepped up enforcement by working with Orlando Utility Commission (OUC) to monitor increases in electric bills in order to locate grow houses.
Sophisticated hydroponic operations are often identifiable because of a huge spike in energy use. The police may review energy records to locate grow house operators.
Consequences of a Grow House Conviction
In Florida, the consequences of a conviction for operation of a grow house are serious. The crime ranges from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony, depending on amount of plants. Even small numbers of plants can lead to lengthy sentences. In fact, under Florida law, possession of 300 plants can now be charged as drug trafficking.
Arrested for Growing Marijuana? Know Your Rights.
If you face criminal drug charges, it is critical to know your rights. You have a right to an attorney, and you have a right to remain silent. At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, we recommend that you not speak to police or prosecutors until you speak with a defense attorney.
Our experienced defense lawyers can counsel you so that you only take actions that protect your rights and your freedom. We have in-depth knowledge of search and seizure laws. When you contact us, we investigate all aspects of your case to make sure that these laws were followed.