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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.

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