Marijuana Defense Lawyer Long Beach
If you have been arrested for a marijuana crime, punishments can range from a $100 fine to seven years in state prison. Depending on the circumstances, you may be cited for an infraction or charged with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense. Whatever the case, it is important for you to hire a California criminal defense lawyer to develop your legal strategy.
The Law Office of Anthony J. Falangetti is highly resepcted in the legal field as an experienced criminal defense attorney who consistently gains favorable results for his clients through effective legal strategies and a tireless work ethic. He also has the advantage of having two decades of experience in the L.A. County Prosecutors office trying the same cases they now defend. Anthony Falangetti knows the court system and will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive the best legal defense available.
California is one of the states where marijuana has been partially decriminalized. If you were caught in possession of 28.5 grams or less, you will not be charged with a crime but will be ordered to pay a $100 fine. It is possible, however, to contest the violation in court. For possession of more than 28.5 grams, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of $500. The penalties seriously increase as the severity of the offense increases:
Penalties For Marijuana Crimes:
- Possession with Intent to Distribute - Between 16 months and 3 years in prison
- Cultivation - Between 16 months and 3 years in prison
- Sale or Delivery - Between 2 and 4 years in prison
- Sale or Delivery to a minor - Between 3 and 7 years in prison
Medical Marijuana Attorney
The voters of California approved the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 to legalize medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer, anorexia, glaucoma, arthritis, AIDS, migraines and others, provided that the patient first receives the recommendation of a doctor. The City of Long Beach, however, has moved to ban medical marijuana within city limits, and has recently been working with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to raid local dispensaries. The ban is currently being contested with lawsuits going as high as the state Supreme Court. To learn more about how this could affect your own case, contact a Long Beach criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Anthony J. Falangetti for a free consultation at