An astonishing number of people are arrested every year in Los Angeles on marijuana related charges, and a conviction for a drug crime of this type can have a major impact on your future. The specific penalty for each type of marijuana offense depends on the circumstances of the crime and how severely it is categorized under state and federal laws.
Another influencing factor in any marijuana case is the quantity of the drug involved. Possession of narcotics charge for a single joint will be less serious than if you were arrested with a significant amount, which could lead to allegations of possession with intent, a felony offense. Sentences range from a small fine for possession of fewer than 28.5 grams to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine for possession of larger quantities. Felony penalties can include years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
If you have been charged with marijuana cultivation, you will face prosecution for a felony, though you may be eligible for diversion under Proposition 36. It is vital to demonstrate to the court that you weren’t cultivating with the intent of sale or distribution, as otherwise you will much more likely be sent to prison following a conviction. Possession of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, scales and baggies will tend to indicate possession with intent, but there are defenses possible even when you were discovered with such items on your person, in your vehicle or in your home.
The most effective thing you can do right now to defend yourself against the attempts of the prosecution to secure your conviction is to speak with an aggressive Los Angeles drug crime attorney who knows the laws relating to marijuana in depth and can help you get started.
The attorneys of Okabe & Haushalter have years of experience in successfully fighting for the rights of our clients against marijuana charges, and we will advise you of your legal rights when you come to us for help. You may be worried that there is no way to prove your innocence, but we will investigate the case in detail for any errors committed by the arresting officer or other weaknesses in the case against you. If your constitutional rights were violated in the search & seizure, it may be possible to have the charges dropped.
Contact a Los Angeles marijuana defense attorney to find out what you can do right now to protect your future from the serious consequences of a conviction.