Possession of Marijuana
Criminal Defense for Those in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Throughout Michigan Facing Charges of Marijuana Possession
In Michigan, offenses involving possession of marijuana are quite common. Even so, when you are caught it does not mean that you will not be punished, or receive a simple slap on the wrist. Michigan takes all drug charges very seriously, and the laws governing the penalties handed out to those found guilty of drug offenses are extremely harsh. At Grabel & Associates, our highly qualified team of Michigan drug crime defense attorneys is ready to provide individuals arrested for marijuana possession with vigorous, effective legal representation.
While being charged with possession is bad enough, police and prosecutors often try to turn it into an offense with even harsher consequences, possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture. This may be the intent of authorities if the amount of marijuana you possess is substantial. Regardless, it is important that you consult with an experienced lawyer right away to discuss your situation.
Michigan Marijuana Use Laws
In the state of Michigan, the simple use of marijuana is still a crime, but is considered a misdemeanor offense. This means that penalties are less harsh than if you are found to be in possession, or intend to distribute, sell, or manufacture the drug. You may be charged with use if police find evidence that you used, consumed, or smoked pot. Penalties include a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail.
Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Michigan
Marijuana, also referred to as "weed," "grass," "pot," "reefer," and "Mary Jane" is one of the most commonly used drugs in Michigan and throughout the U.S., however the penalties for those convicted on a possession charge are severe. Police and other law enforcement officials in Michigan crack down hard on those who illegally use marijuana.
The use of marijuana for medical purposes by those who have a medical marijuana card has been legal in the state of Michigan since 2008; however, its use for any reason is still illegal under federal laws. Even today, local and state police in Michigan still work in an effort to prove that those using it for medical purposes are trying to do something illegal.
Marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, which is the Schedule that the most dangerous drugs (those with the highest potential for addiction and/or abuse) are grouped under. If found to be in possession of marijuana and convicted, you will face penalties of fines of up to $2,000 and up to one year in jail, or both. Penalties also depend on other factors, including whether you have a prior conviction on drug charges. Keep in mind that if you possess an amount of marijuana, which would be considered more than what you would need for personal use, police and/or prosecutors may try to prove that you intended to distribute, manufacture, or deliver the marijuana.
Consult with an Aggressive Michigan Marijuana Possession Defense Lawyer
In Michigan, all drug laws are tough as law enforcement officials continue their "war on drugs," and marijuana is no exception. While marijuana does offer some benefits, the potential dangers and side effects outweigh the good. A conviction for possessing marijuana will leave you with a criminal record and facing severe punishment, not to mention a ruined reputation and career.
At Grabel & Associates our Michigan drug possession attorneys have a reputation for winning; our experience, skill, and dedication make us one of the most effective law firms in the state for reaching a positive outcome for individuals charged with drug-related offenses. If you have been arrested for marijuana possession, contact our experienced case analyst at 1-800-342-7896. We are available 24/7, and ready to provide you with unsurpassed legal guidance regarding your case.