Criminal Defense Attorney Handling Marijuana Possession Charges

Do Not Take Marijuana Possession Charges Lightly

Although possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor, the conviction can result in driver's license suspension and affect college and employment opportunities. Illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution are felony crimes that can lead to jail or prison, even for a first offense.

In other words, simple possession of marijuana cannot be taken lightly, and higher level marijuana charges can be punished just as harshly as other drug crimes. I am David G. Moore, a marijuana possession defense lawyer in former prosecutor who has extensive experience with drug prosecutions. I will exhaust your defenses and work to minimize the criminal and collateral consequences.

Drug Crime Defense In Southwest Michigan

Based in Kalamazoo, I practice in surrounding counties of Southwest Michigan. As a drug possession defense lawyer, I have represented adults and juveniles, as well as college students and nonresidents caught with marijuana.

Penalties For Marijuana Possession

A first offense of simple possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor. It may be possible to keep a first offense off your record to avoid jail and six-month driver's license suspension.

You may face felony charges for:

  • Possessing a significant quantity of marijuana
  • Distributing or selling marijuana: Dealing marijuana can be punished by several years in prison. Even giving a joint to a friend for free can be charged as a crime.
  • Growing marijuana: Just a few unauthorized plants can be punished by prison time and heavy fines. A major cultivation operation (200 or more plants) carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Michigan's Medical Marijuana Law

Michigan allows possession of a small quantity of marijuana and growing of marijuana plants for those who have a doctor-authorized medical marijuana card. Possessing or growing pot without a card is a crime. If you are facing criminal charges for possession of medicinal-use marijuana or for violating the cultivation rules, I can explore your legitimate defenses.

Contact A Kalamazoo Attorney For A Free Consultation

You need to know where you stand and you need every advantage. For experienced counsel and aggressive representation, call my Portage office at 269-216-4573. You can also contact me online to arrange a free consultation.