Salt Lake City Utah Marijuana Possession Attorney
Utah has some of the strictest laws imaginable when it comes to possesssing marijuana. Salcido Law Firm is contacted almost every day by people who have either been charged with possessing marijuana or who have already been convicted but want to have their record expunged or their conviction reduced.
Possession of Any Amount of Marijuana in Utah is Illegal
If you possess even less than one ounce of marijuana you can be charged and convicted with a class B misdemeanor. Less than one ounce can mean having a miniscule flake of marijuana on the floor of your car and if an police officer finds it and tests it and the test results are positive for marijuana, you can and will be charged.
What’s more, each time you are convicted of possessing even less than one ounce of marijuana the degree of penalty increases. Thus, if you have already been convicted once of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana and then you are convicted a second time, you will be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. If it happens a third time you are in for a third degree felony. If you get a felony on your record you are in for a lot of trouble when it comes to employment prospects. In fact, a felony could preclude you from climbing the ladder even in your current employment. Many employers will run a background check on their employees who have applied for a higher position within the company. If they see you have a felony, you can bet that you won’t get that promotion. Thus, even though you did nothing other than have a tiny amount of marijuana in your possession you can pay for it with jail time, fines, and a ruined employment path.
More Marijuana in Utah Means Heavier Penalties
The more marijuana you have in your possession the more severe the penalties – especially in Utah. If you have more than 100 pounds in your possession you are liable for a second degree felony; for less than 100 pounds but more than a pound a third degree felony; and, less than a pound but more than an ounce a class A misdemeanor.
We Can Help
Whether you have been charged with possession of marijuana or have already been convicted of possession, we can help. We can help defend you against current charges and help you to get a reduction of prior convictions. Call us at 801.413.1753 or 888.337.3235 or email us to Get Protected! against Utah marijuana possession charges.