Modesto Drug Crime Lawyer

Start Fighting Your Marijuana Possession Charge Today

While the national perspective on marijuana appears to be gradually changing, it is still considered a controlled substance in California. Unless you have a prescription for marijuana, you can be fined or even arrested and criminally charged if you are found in possession of it. In these circumstances, however, it may be still possible to assert your rights and avoid penalties.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, our firm is ready to hear from you. The Law Offices of Mark Girdner was founded by a former deputy district attorney who knows how the state processes, tries, and convicts drug suspects. Time and time again, our skilled and insightful Modesto drug crime lawyer has shielded clients from maximum penalties and ensured that their voice was heard before our justice system.

Do not wait to start exploring your defense options. Call (209) 326-1533 today.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession

California Health and Safety Code 11357 HS describes the offense of marijuana possession. This is generally known as "simple possession," and assumes that the accused had the marijuana for their own personal use.

Maximum penalties for simple marijuana possession include:

  • For 28.5 g or less - $100 in fines
  • For more than 28.5 g - $500 in fines, 6 months in jail
  • For 28.5 g or less (under 18) - $250 in fines, 10 days in jail
  • For 28.5 g or less (under 18, school grounds) - $500 in fines, 10 days in jail

Additionally, California Health and Safety Code 11359 HS describes "possession with intent to sell," which is a considered a much more serious crime and can result in up to three years in prison. If you have been charged with either of these crimes, it is advised you speak to defense counsel immediately. Even minor convictions go on your record and further complicate your life for years to come.

Pleading guilty may not be your only option. Use our online form to request a free consultation with Attorney Mark Girdner today.