Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA
If you’ve been charged with the possession of marijuana in the state of California, you could face significant penalties and serious punishments depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge.
You could be forced to:
- serve jail time
- pay substantial fines
- receive a permanent mark on your criminal record
Even a simple misdemeanor possession charge of a small quantity of marijuana for personal use can put a mark on your criminal record and make it more difficult for you to pursue a career, apply to college or obtain a professional license.
Under new California law, a qualified patient or caregiver with a permit can possess marijuana for medicinal use. These laws protect medical cannabis users from being arrested or having their medication confiscated by both state and local law enforcement.
If you do not have a medical use card or permit, you are subject to the penalties imposed for the possession of other Schedule I drugs if you are caught with the possession of marijuana.
These penalties are less severe in California than in other states due to the nearly decriminalized status of marijuana; however, any jail time, fines or a criminal record can alter the course of your life.
Non-Medical Marijuana Possession Penalties
- Under one ounce of marijuana for personal use imposes a fine of up to $100 and a citation to appear in court. No jail time is served, nor is probation required.
- Over one ounce of marijuana can be punished with up to six months in a county jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
- The possession of concentrated cannabis – such as hashish – can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony and imposes a fine of up to $500 and/or up to three years in state prison.
Don’t let marijuana possession charges ruin your life and leave you with a permanent criminal record.
Jennifer Mouzis is available to consult with you regarding your case and will help you build a solid defense that may get the charges against you reduced or dismissed altogether.