The State of Michigan has unique laws regarding marijuana charges. It is important to hire an experienced defense lawyer for any marijuana case to ensure you do not face serious criminal penalties.
The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will protect you from more serious criminal charges that can develop out of a marijuana possession case such as intent or cultivation of marijuana. These crimes carry tough jail sentences and huge fines.
Marijuana, also known as “hash,” “weed” or “pot” is the most widely used drug in Michigan. Possession of marijuana charges are very common and anyone who is arrested for use or possession of marijuana could be subject to both jail time and a harsh fine. Growing marijuana is a very serious crime and Michigan has some of the toughest cultivation laws in the United States.
Marijuana charges can depend on how much marijuana you possess at the time of your arrest, you could be charged with possession of Marijuana with intent to sell or deliver. These Marijuana charges carry harsh penalties and the sooner you contact The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, the better your chances are of being shielded from these tough penalties from Marijuana charges.
If you are caught smoking marijuana, you could face a misdemeanor conviction and up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine. Possession of weed is still a misdemeanor, but more serious, with penalties of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. If you possess marijuana plants, however, you will face a felony cultivation charge which could lake you in jail for a significant amount of time. The maximum penalty for cultivation charges is up to 4 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Depending on the number of plants you possess, you could spend up to 15 years in prison and be fined as much as ten million dollars.
Anyone facing a charge for possessing marijuana in Michigan will feel the potential punishment is much too severe. If a victory in court is possible, our lawyers will fight for a complete victory. If your case doesn’t allow you to prove your innocence, we will help you understand why a plea deal is your best option and how to keep you out of jail and prison. If you are facing your first drug crime accusation, our criminal defense lawyers will fight hard to get a suspended sentence or conditional discharge.
If you possess marijuana for medical reasons, we will demonstrate this to prosecutors and help you avoid trail. We will examine your case and the details leading up to your arrest to find any potential illegal stop, search or seizure that could win your freedom.
In many cases, our defendant’s charged with possession of Marijuana are caught in a vehicle where there is marijuana found in the center console of the vehicle. Attorney Shawn Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will look to determine whether the cops had a valid reason to stop the car. Second, we then view whether the police had a constitutional basis to take you out of the vehicle. Third, we see whether the officer had a valid consent to search the vehicle. Fourth, we analyze whether there is sufficient evidence to link you to whatever was found in the vehicle.
A defense that is often an overlooked is the issue of whether the defendant actually possessed the marijuana. If you have a marijuana card, there are affirmative defenses that you have to make in order to protect you from the prosecutors and cops trying to stop you from using your medicine. As is the case with most criminal charges, the defenses available are wide-ranging and depend entirely on the facts of each case. The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan never promises an outcome. This would be a violation of our ethical duties. We can promise our clients that we will give them our best effort. We can promise them that we will always return their phone calls.
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