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Bronx Marijuana Possession Lawyer

January 30, 2019 Federal Criminal Attorneys

Although there are more states legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, Bronx laws are still in place for marijuana possession. This is a crime that usually isn’t as severe as other drug crimes, but you could still face paying fines and even spend time in jail depending on your criminal history. If you’re charged with marijuana possession, you’re looking at a misdemeanor in most situations as the drug is classified as a Schedule I. The reason behind this is because marijuana has a high tendency to result in abuse and because it has no medical value if you live in the state of New York.

There is usually a limited use for marijuana that is allowed in the state with several dispensaries that are open. However, the dispensaries are only allowed to sell certain items. If you buy anything from one of these dispensaries, then there are regulations that you must follow while using the drug. The laws surrounding the use of marijuana if it’s legally purchased from a dispensary are similar to what you might expect if you were to buy alcohol in a legal manner. You can’t use the drug on the street or in a public area. The best place for you to use the drug is in your home or in the home of someone else as long as you are not driving home while you’re under the influence.

Since there are dispensaries in the state, Bronx marijuana laws can be somewhat confusing to people who are charged with possession. If you are charged with marijuana possession, then the best option that you would have would be to contact an attorney who can represent you and present evidence about the amount of the drug that you had, where you were using the drug, and whether you had an intent to sell or deliver it to someone else. There are several provisions about marijuana possession that your attorney can discuss with you so that you’re prepared for the information that you’ll hear when you go to court, such as the amount of the fine that you might have to pay and whether you will be sentenced to probation or time in jail. In most situations, you will likely be sentenced to probation as long as you have a clean criminal background.

If you have up to 25 grams of marijuana in your possession, then you will usually be charged with a civil violation. This means that you will have to pay a fine but likely won’t spend any time at all in jail or even be placed on probation. Possession up to three ounces can result in up to three months in jail. You can also be ordered to pay a fine of up to $500. You could spend up to a year in jail if you are in possession of two to eight ounces of marijuana. Fines could be up to $1,000. As the amount of the marijuana that you possess increases, the length of time that you could spend in jail will increase as well along with the amount of the fine that you will have to pay.

If you’re charged with possession and sale, then your sentence will usually be longer even if you have the same amount as you would if you were only charged with possession. An example would be if you had two ounces of marijuana in your possession and were charged with intent to sell as well, then you could be sentenced to spend up to three months in jail. An attorney can offer assistance by presenting evidence about the supplies that you had with you at the time you were charged and if you purchased the marijuana at a dispensary or not.

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