Miami Heat player charged with criminal possession of marijuana in South Florida

Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem is facing a criminal marijuana possession charge after a weekend traffic stop, the Miami Herald reported.

A Miami defense lawyer experienced in handling drug charges in South Florida can assist a defendant in determining the best course of action. It’s important to fight to keep a drug charge off your record — even a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Such charges can make it difficult to obtain certain jobs and may even prevent you from joining certain professions. A drug charge may also impact your ability to qualify for some types of government aid, including student loans.

Haslem was charged with marijuana possession, speeding and a window-tint violation, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was pulled over in his 2008 Mercedes-Benz for going 78 mph in a 60 mph zone.

After police allegedly smelling marijuana, Haslem and a passenger were searched and charged with marijuana possession. The Miami-Dade Corrections department reports he was charged with four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana.

A defense attorney will likely challenge the arresting officer’s probable cause for the search. In cases where drugs or other evidence is obtained through unlawful search, the charges are frequently dismissed.

Marijuana is banned by the NBA. A player who pleads guilty or not contest, or who is convicted of a marijuana charge, is required to enter the NBA’s substance counseling program.