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What are the penalties for the possession of marijuana?

Though many states are beginning to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, New York is not one of them. It is important to be aware that just because it seems as though the laws are loosening up on this drug, you will still face severe penalties if you are found to have marijuana in your possession.

Any possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana has been decriminalized, but you will still face a fine of $100 for a first offense. For a second offense possession of 25 grams or less, you will be subject to a $200 fine. A third offense would call for a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Once you have more than 25 grams, you will face criminal penalties. Possession of anything between 25 grams and 2 ounces results in a misdemeanor charge, a 3-month sentence, and a $500 fine. Possession between 2 ounces and 8 ounces will result in a misdemeanor charge, up to 1 year in jail, and a fine of $1,000.

The possession of 8 ounces to 1 pound is a felony charge, that may result in 4 years of imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. 1-10 pounds is a felony that will result in up to 7 years in jail and a $5,000 fine. Finally, anything over 10 pounds is a felony that may result in 15 years of imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.

If you are charged with possession of marijuana, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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