One common issue that I frequently see as a criminal defense lawyer is that people will smoke marijuana while on probation for a crime. This can lead to significant consequences, such as a prison or jail sentence. When a person smokes marijuana, it can stay in his or her urine for a long time. THC, the active chemical in marijuana, will stay in your urine for some time depending on factors like your weight and the amount of marijuana you smoked. It is likely that marijuana will stay in your urine system for at least 30 days and possibly up to around 45 days, however, this is only a general estimate and it is impossible to know exactly how long it will stay in your body. When a person is placed on probation with the Florida Department of Corrections their probation normally involves random urine test for drug use. When the probation officer does a urine test they can easily detect whether the person has used Marijuana. This situation is difficult for your lawyer, because when you are on probation you agree to give up many of your constitutional rights. You can be subjected to random searches or seizures, unlike someone who has not been placed on probation. When your probation officer requests that you provide a sample of your urine when you are on probation, you are required to give them that sample or risk being taken to jail for a violation of probation.
In conclusion, marijuana stays in your system for a considerable time and is easy to detect with a simple urine sample. If you smoke marijuana on probation it is very likely that this will be detected by your probation officer and this can have serious consequences. If you have questions about your criminal case or if you have violated your probation, please give my office a call at 407-415-9626. I would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you or your family member.