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Charges for Less than an Ounce of Marijuana

Utah Pot Lawyer

In Utah if you are found with even trace amounts of marijuana on your person, in your home, or vehicle you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Anything under one ounce of marijuana is a chargeable offense.  Hundreds of these charges come through the Utah court system every year.  Most of such charges derive from traffic stops and in most of those cases the driver will admit to the law enforcement officer that there is marijuana in the car. If you get pulled over, never admit to having any marijuana in your possession. You have a right to remain silent and you should remain silent.  Speaking to law enforcement is never a good idea.  Stay quiet and call our firm.

We have been defending those accused of possessing small amounts of weed for years, and we’re extremely successful in getting favorable resolutions for our clients.

What’s Expected On a First Offense Possession of Marijuana?

If you have been charged with possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana but you have no prior criminal history, a good Criminal Defense may be able to get you a delayed dismissal even if the facts are clearly against you.  This delayed dismissal is called a plea in abeyance and typically requires the payment of a fine and a drug evaluation and treatment if recommended by an evaluator.  After the typical 12 month period of not violating any other laws the case will be dismissed and you can then immediately work toward expunging your record.

In cases involving out of state defendants who have a medical marijuana license, typically only the payment of a fine is required in such an arrangement.

What About Subsequent Offenses?

If you have one or more prior marijuana offenses another charge can be enhanced to class A misdemeanor or even a felony charge on a third offense.  Subsequent marijuana offenses are typically not eligible for a plea in abeyance and the only way to get a dismissal is to beat the case legally or factually.

Our law firm defends individuals who have been charged for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana all over Utah. In facing even simple marijuana charges you do not want to go to court alone.  Get Protected! by calling us at (801) 413-1753.