Marijuana charges are often overlooked by the pubic as a misdemeanour offence that the courts will be lenient on. This is not always the case. Depending on the amount of marijuana and the intent of it’s use, the courts can take the charge very seriously and lengthy prison time might be the outcome of your trial.
Marijuana is a Controlled Substance
Make no mistake, marijuana is a controlled substance that shares an intimate relationship to other crimes within society. The courts frown upon its use as it leads to ancillary crime. If you have been caught by the police with an amount of marijuana police will try to determine if the drug was for personal use, or if you were or had the intent to distribute the drugs.
Being caught with a small amount will likely lead the prosecution to believe you were using it for personal use only. For a first conviction, if you had less than 30 grams of marijuana, the maximum penalties are a fine of $1,000 or 6 months in jail, or both. You may also get a criminal record which can prevent you from traveling to other countries, getting certain jobs, being bonded, and applying for citizenship.
The police and courts will try to determine if you were distributing the drug. Even in the case that they cannot conclusively prove that you had dealt drugs, they can charge you with possession with intent to traffic, which will result in more serious fines and prison sentences. Obviously, the greater the amount of drugs, the more the courts will infer that trafficking was the intended action by the accused. If you’ve been found to have an amount greater than 30 grams, and under 3 kilograms, you will face a sentence of up to 5 years. If you’ve been charged with an amount greater than 3 kilograms, you could face a life sentence.
Don’t Wait. Contact Gunn Law Group
If you have been charged with possession, or trafficking of marijuana, it is important that you contact the qualified drug defence lawyers and Gunn Law Group. Our courteous and respectful legal professionals will work with you to protect your rights in a court of law. Don’t hesitate to call us now.