Marijuana Offense Lawyer in Brooklyn
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Even though it has been legalized in several other states, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana is still considered a serious crime in New York. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 substance, meaning that it has a high risk level for abuse and does not have any recognized medical value.
While New York has eased its aggressive stance on those found in possession of marijuana, New York City has a history of having some of the toughest drug enforcement policies in the country. Being charged with possession of marijuana can still result in felony level charges and extensive penalties. If you have been charged with a marijuana drug crime, you need the zealous defense of our Brooklyn drug crime lawyer at Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney.
What am I facing with a marijuana charge?
Marijuana and its derivatives are all considered illegal substances in New York. Anyone caught in possession of marijuana can face a misdemeanor or felony conviction, especially if it is in association with other crimes, such as drug sales or cultivation.
If you have been charged with a marijuana crime, you may be sentenced to:
- Possession: $500 to $5,000 fine and 3 months in jail to 15 years in prison
- Cultivation and sale: $500 to $5,000 fine and 3 months to 15 years in prison
- Possession of paraphernalia: $100 fine and one year in jail
The severity of the penalties will depend on the amount of marijuana found and several other aggravating factors. For example, marijuana crimes that have taken place with or around someone under the age of 18 can result in significantly increased penalties. Selling to a minor may result in a $5,000 fine and seven years in jail.
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In November 2014, possessing less than 25 grams of marijuana became decriminalized. However, second offenses can result in fines and a third offense could result in a misdemeanor charge. Though New York is taking some steps to ease their marijuana laws, there are still severe penalties for those found in possession of too high of amounts.
Don't let your future be ruined by the overaggressive tactics of law enforcement; reach out to our Brooklyn drug crime lawyer for trusted defense.