Mississippi Drug Crime Attorney
Drug Crimes: Marijuana
Although medical marijuana has been approved in some other states, Mississippi is not one of them. At present, the state of Mississippi criminalizes the possession, cultivation, sale, and trafficking of marijuana in any quantity for all users of the controlled substance. The criminal penalties for a marijuana crime are enhanced for those individuals who have been found possessing, selling, or using the drug close to school grounds or a park where children frequent. A Mississippi criminal defense attorney from Miller & Miller Attorneys at Law, PLLC can provide you with a superior legal defense when you are facing marijuana charges in the state of Mississippi.
The penalties for a marijuana offense will vary depending on a variety of factors such as the amount of the drug, what you intended to use it for, and your prior criminal record (if any). Penalties for possessing less than 30 grams are drastically less severe as compared to having more than 500 grams of the substance. If you have been arrested for a marijuana-related crime you could face the following penalties if you are convicted:
- 30 grams or less inside the motor vehicle (except trunk) – Misdemeanor offense, penalties include up to 90 days incarceration and a fine up to $1,000.
- 30 grams or less for first offense – Misdemeanor offense, there is no jail time; however, there is a fine ranging from $100-$250.
- 30 to 250 grams – Felony offense which is punishable by up to 3 years in state prison and a $3,000 fine.
- 250 to 500 grams – Felony offense, punishable from 2 to 8 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
- 500 grams to 5kg – Felony offense punishable from 6 to 24 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
The penalties for selling marijuana vary depending on how many ounces were sold. All marijuana sales charges are prosecuted as felony offenses. The penalties for selling marijuana range from three years in prison and a $3,000 fine to life without parole and variable fines. A person who is convicted of selling from just 1oz of marijuana to 1kg face up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. What's more, a defendant can face criminal charges for possessing or selling marijuana paraphernalia, which involves up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Mississippi Drug Crime Lawyer
Marijuana charges can quickly escalate out of control if left unchecked. If you have been arrested for marijuana possession, sales, or for possessing marijuana paraphernalia, then you are going to need the assistance of a highly experienced attorney. At Miller & Miller Attorneys at Law, PLLC, our legal team has been helping people in the Gulf Coast and Mississippi fight their marijuana charges for 15 years. We have developed proven and effective strategies that have helped our clients get their charges reduced or dismissed. We urge you to contact our firm right away so we can start planning your defense strategy.
Have you been arrested on a marijuana charge? If so, contact a Mississippi marijuana attorney from the firm to schedule a private consultation.