Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Marijuana

As our societal attitudes towards marijuana slowly change the laws that control its possession and use often lag behind. Even as they change, they often create a complicated series of differing levels of legality that can even confuse attorneys. You do not want to become one of the many Seattleites that have found themselves in the back of police cars saying “But it is supposed to be the police’s lowest priority…”

You may have heard stories like this one http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Raid-of-medical-marijuana-patient-raises-735328.php about police raiding the home of a man that was growing a small amount of marijuana for personal medical use even though the man was authorized to do so by his doctor and Washington State law.

If you are considering growing marijuana for your own use, or if you have been accused of illegally possessing marijuana the experienced attorneys of Findley & Rogers can help you understand and protect your rights.

-          Officers do not have a right to search your home, your car or your person without probable cause. You should not consent to a search until you are shown a valid warrant.

-          You have the right to speak with an attorney if you are being arrested. Always ask for an attorney as soon as you placed under arrest. After you ask for an attorney the police are required to stop questioning you.

-          Never miss a good opportunity to shut up. Anything you say to an officer can and will be held against you in court. Nothing you say to an officer will be able to help you in court.

No matter what you may have heard, being convicted of possessing even a small amount of marijuana is serious, and will have a lasting impact on your life.

-          Possession of less than 40 grams of Marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and comes with all of the following penalties and more:

  • You may be sentenced up to 90 days in jail.
  • You may be fined up to a $1000.
  • You will have a conviction on your permanent record that can prevent you from getting a job, a loan, an apartment, and even student loans.

-          Possession of more than 40 grams is a felony and depending on the specific facts of your case and your criminal history you may be facing:

  • Up to 5 years of prison.
  • As much as $10,000 in fines.

You may know people who have been arrested for possession of marijuana that were offered no jail time in exchange for pleading guilty. This may seem like a good deal when they take it, but they will regret it when they cannot find a job or get financial assistance to go to school. The harshest penalties of being convicted of possession of marijuana are almost never those imposed by the courts, usually the penalties imposed by society have a much more lasting impact on your life.

An attorney that is experienced with marijuana possession cases can do all the following for you:

-          Ensure that the police conducted their investigation appropriately.

-          Make certain that you do not get strong-armed into an unfair deal.

-          Negotiate with the prosecutors to protect your interests.

-          Take your case to trial with skill and confidence.

You have rights, but they will not help you unless you know what they are, and how to protect them. Call Findley & Rogers today for a free consultation.

*Every case is different, Findley & Rogers cannot legally make any guarantees about the outcome of a case. Nothing in this article has created an attorney/client relationship.