Marijuana laws all over the country are changing and the landscape of what is acceptable and legal is fundamentally changing. In Washington State, too, there have been radical changes and shifts towards more lenient laws and, in some quantities, complete legalization. However, much of marijuana activity is still illegal and there are very strict limits to possession that are enforced by significant fines and jail time.
If you've been charged with marijuana possession, then it is absolutely time to speak to legal counsel about your case and possible impending penalties. Not only can many of these cases be argued down, but, at Guadagno & Virant, PLLC, we are well-versed in helping clients achieve reductions and even dismissals for their possession charges.
You do not have to let these charges interrupt your life. Call our team of experienced Seattle drug crime lawyers today.
If you are a consumer of marijuana, then it is critical to understand what your rights are under Washington law. Carrying one ounce or less of marijuana is legal-- however, anything more than that and you become vulnerable to a misdemeanor or felony possession charge.
It should be noted here that if any intent to distribute the marijuana the accused is found in possession of is seen as a felony. Public consumption of less than one ounce (the legal amount) may also result in a with a $100 civil penalty. In addition, it is not legal to grow, sell, or use marijuana in public and remains completely illegal for those under the age of 21.
Many marijuana possession charges may be minor misdemeanors, but many of them are also worth defending against. A drug charge, even if it is a misdemeanor, can haunt a permanent record and negatively affect future opportunities. You owe it to yourself to explore your legal options and ensure that a possible reduction or dismissal is properly pursued. At Guadagno & Virant, PLLC, we are absolutely ready to help you do that and move on with your life with minimal penalty.
In some cases, we may be able to secure alternative sentencing on your behalf. Alternative sentencing for marijuana sentencing can include probation, diversion programs, a first-time offender waiver, or a drug offender sentencing alternative. Only working with a lawyer can these benefits be available to you, and we can discuss your options for these initiatives in your first meeting with our legal team. We can additionally challenge your possession of the substance and whether the search was legal.
Do not hesitate. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation today.
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