Los Angeles Marijuana Crimes Lawyer
Marijuana crimes are some of the most-often prosecuted crimes in the state of California. A popular recreational drug, marijuana use is common place among certain groups of people nationwide. However, possession of just one ounce (28.5 grams) or less of the substance is a misdemeanor in California and carries a $100 fine. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana can result in six months of jail time or a $500 fine, or both.
Possession and Cultivation of Marijuana
Cultivation of marijuana for personal use is treated much like possession of marijuana, however if it is determined that the cultivation is really cultivation with intent to sell, the crime is a felony, regardless of the amount. Even in cases where there is no evidence of a sale, prosecutors may charge you with possession with intent to sale based strictly on circumstantial evidence. Evidence that could lead to a possession with intent to sale charge includes:
- Possession of large quantities of marijuana.
- Large amounts of cash.
- Multiple packages of marijuana in baggies.
- Possession of scales.
- No evidence of bongs, rolling papers, or pipes.
- A lack of intoxication on the part of the person to be arrested.
Sale of Marijuana
The sale, distribution, or transportation of marijuana in California is a felony, punishable by up to four years in jail. Most arrests for sale of marijuana are the result of efforts by narcotics officers who set up hidden surveillance to supervise areas where drug sales are known to occur. Once a transaction is suspected, these officers move in for an arrest. Increasingly, narcotics officers are catching marijuana sales through the monitoring of online sites as well, where individuals are revealed through a controlled buy by officers who solicit the sale online through email or by phone.
Proposition 215, provides for the legal use of marijuana in California for certain medical purposes when prescribed by a physician and gives primary caregivers the right to possess and cultivate marijuana for a patient. While a doctor’s written approval is all you need to qualify for this exemption from prosecution for possession or cultivation, obtaining a county-issued marijuana health card is the safest method for claiming this privilege. Conditions that qualify for a medical marijuana exemption of the possession and cultivation laws are for use with:
- Chronic pain.
- Muscle spasms.
You Need an Experienced Marijuana Criminal Defense Lawyer to Assist in a Defense against a Marijuana Crime in California
If you or a loved one is facing a charge involving a marijuana crime -- possession, sale, use, cultivation for sale, distribution or transportation of marijuana -- you should consider contacting a California marijuana criminal defense lawyer for assistance. A criminal defense lawyer will have the resources to uncover vital information that could impact your case. For instance, he or she may discover that police used an unreliable informant, searched your home or business with a defective search warrant, or used invasive or illegal methods to justify your arrest. R.J. Manuelian has handled all sorts of marijuana related criminal charges. His experience and knowledge of marijuana criminal defense tactics will ensure that you are well-represented and that your case will result in the most positive outcome possible.