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Marijuana Possession in New York

Counsel from a Skilled Poughkeepsie Criminal Defense Lawyer

While the national perspective on marijuana is shifting, possessing it in the State of New York is still considered a crime. While some steps have been taken to reduce the severity of these charges, many accused are still surprised just how serious these charges can be and how they can escalate into even more serious charges.

If you have been charged, then it is time to start exploring your legal options. At The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC​, we take the advocacy of our clients very seriously. We are all too aware of how drug charges can be misrepresented in court and are well-versed in asserting a true depiction of events and our clients' right to accurate and fair consideration.

Reductions and dismissals may be possible. Contact us to start your defense today.

The Penalties of Marijuana Possession

Possession of small amounts of marijuana is no longer considered a crime, but rather a "ticketable" offense. Someone caught with less than 25 g will be subject merely a fine. More than that, however, can lead to a criminal charge.

Marijuana possession penalties include:

  • 25 g - 2 oz: up to three months of jail and $250 in fines
  • 2 - 8 oz: up to a year in jail and $250 in fines
  • 8 oz - 1 lb: up to four years in prison and $250 in fines
  • 1 - 10 lbs: up to seven years in prison and $250 in fines
  • More than 10 lbs: up to 15 years in prison and $250 in fines

As the volume of the marijuana found in your possession increases, so does the likelihood of other serious charges. Depending on the volume of the drugs and its packaging, authorities might believe that you intend to sell the drugs and charge you with possession with intent to distribute—a much more serious crime.

Why choose our firm?

Emphatic and thorough defenses against these charges, however, can be effective. We have built a reputation for being meticulous, fearless litigators and we always ensure that our clients are never processed like just another case number by the court system.

For quality legal service you can depend on, contact us today or schedule a free consultation.