Marijuana Possession

The charge of marijuana possession is a common one, but that doesn’t make it any less serious. While you are not likely to face jail time for being arrested with a small amount of marijuana, any conviction on your record will come with serious consequences that can be felt many years into the future. If you are charged with marijuana possession presently in the state of California, please call our office today for a free consultation. Somera Law Group has worked many possession cases and will bring that experience to your benefit.

There are two general categories of marijuana possession crimes – personal use and intent to sell.

Possession of Marijuana for Personal Use

If you possess over an ounce of marijuana that is intended for personal use, you can be charged with this misdemeanor crime. If this is your first offense, you may be able to enter a drug diversion program and have the criminal charge thrown out after successful completion of the program. If you are convicted of the charge, you could face up to six months in prison, although jail time is usually reserved for repeat offenders.

Possession of Marijuana for Sale

This is a more serious crime, and is charged as a felony in California. It is important to note that you don’t actually have to save sold the marijuana, or have been caught selling it, to be convicted of this crime. If you appear to have had intent to sell, based on the quantity you possessed and other factors, this charge can be brought. This felony conviction could lead to a jail sentence of between two and four years.

Marijuana possession is a crime that is charged every single day, yet should not be taken lightly. Unless you want to suffer the effects of a conviction, you should take the time to fight this charge. Call our offices today to speak with our team about the options you have for putting up a solid defense. We look forward to your call.