Arrested for Possession or Selling Marijuana in NYC or NY?
There are several charges a person may face if he is caught possessing, using or selling marijuana in New York.
Unlawful possession of marijuana: A first-time offense can cost you anywhere up to $100. A previous conviction of this or another related offense comes with a fine of up to $200. If you’ve been previously convicted of two offenses in a 3-year period you may be fined up to $250, imprisoned for up 15 days or both.
Criminal possession of marijuana:
Having burning marijuana in a public place or where it’s open to public viewing or having a compound (that includes marijuana) that weighs more than 25 grams is a class B misdemeanor.
If you have one or more preparations or compounds that contain marijuana and the total weight is more than 2 ounces you may be charged with a class A misdemeanor. The charges and potential penalties increase as you are caught with greater amounts of marijuana.
Criminal Sale of Marijuana
Selling marijuana can be anything from a class B misdemeanor to a class C felony, depending on the amount of drug you’re selling.
Considering that marijuana is a controlled substance, you may also be subject to other serious charges if you are arrested for using, selling or possessing the drug. Some other laws include:
- Criminally using drug paraphernalia
- Criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child
- Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense
- Criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument
Regardless of your charges, don’t wait to contact attorney Lisa Pelosi. She has a great deal of experience helping clients facing marijuana charges. Lisa will listen to you and work towards achieving the best possible outcome.