Possession of Marijuana – Canton Michigan
Charged with Possession of Marijuana in Canton Michigan, or nearby? You are facing stiff penalties that could even include jail time. Canton criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria has the experience dealing with the Canton Police, Prosecutor, and 35th District Court that you need to get the right result.
Contact Canton criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria today for a free consultation (734) 453-7806.
Even in the majority of cases where our client is clearly guilty Boria has been able to keep the conviction off their record, keep them out of jail, and keep them driving.
Check out the video below for a quick overview about possession of marijuana in Michigan.
Possession of Marijuana Penalties – Michigan
A conviction for a first time offender is facing up to a full year in the county jail, a $1,000.00 in fines plus costs, and the loss of your driver license for six months. A possession of marijuana conviction can also result in the loss of federally backed loans including student loans.
Defense to Possession of Marijuana
First, the prosecution must be able to prove every element of a the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, so if even one element cannot be met, or it cannot be met beyond a reasonable doubt then you are not guilty. The first defense is whether or not the prosecution can meet their burden.
The elements for possession of marijuana are as follows:
First, that you possessed a controlled substance.
Second, that the substance possessed was marijuana.
Third, that you knew that you were possessing marijuana.
Fourth, that the substance was not obtained by a valid prescription.
Fifth, that you were not otherwise authorized to possess this substance.
Again, if even one element is not met then you are not guilty.
Other defenses include:
Not in possession – police or someone is claiming the marijuana is yours but it isn’t and it’s not on you. This could easily happen in a car or where you live if you have roommates.
Medical Marijuana Card – You have a right to have the marijuana
Canton District Court – 35th District Court
If you have been charged with possession of marijuana in Canton Michigan then your case will be heard at the 35th District Court located in Plymouth, Michigan on Plymouth Road about one mile from Aaron J. Boria’s office.
Contact Canton criminal defense lawyer, Aaron J. Boria today if you have been accused of possessing marijuana (734) 453-7806.