Possession of Marijuana Dismissed in Livonia District Court
The Livonia police were out on patrol when they saw our client driving near Farmington Road at around 2 AM. Our client’s vehicle matched the description of another vehicle that had reportedly been involved in a series of thefts. Looking for a reason to pull our client over, the officer notice that his taillight was out and stopped him. While the stop was a pretext it is still a legal one.
Upon speaking with our client the officer claimed he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer asked if there was any marijuana in the vehicle and our client told the officer that there was. Marijuana and a pipe with a grinder were found after the officer searched the vehicle.
Possession of Marijuana in Livonia Michigan
Our client was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and a civil infraction for the taillight being out. The matter was heard at the 16th District Court in Livonia. The honorable judge McCann presided over the matter.
Possession of Paraphernalia is a criminal misdemeanor charge that carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and hefty fines.
Possession of Marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor charge that carries up to a full year in jail and a fine of $1,000.00. Other penalties include driving privileges suspended for 6 months, and financial aid suspended for a year as well.
Marijuana Defense Lawyer
Our client did the right thing and called Michigan criminal lawyer, Aaron J. Boria. We were able to get the civil infraction dismissed saving our client money. We were also able to get the possession of paraphernalia charge dismissed as well, saving our client hundreds of dollars and a criminal charge on his record, which carried the risk of jail.
The officer legally stopped our client and legally found the marijuana so there was no legal motion we could file in order to have the judge toss the charges out. We were however able to still have the marijuana charge suppressed from public record. This took some convincing of both the judge and prosecuting attorney. As a result, the conviction for marijuana will not be entered on our client’s record. He will not lose his ability to obtain financial aid. He will not lose his ability to drive for even a day. The offense will not show up on a driving record or criminal background search.
Our client can legally tell employers and the like that he has never been convicted of a crime. As a result of having the marijuana charge suppressed he will have to comply with court orders. The probation department wanted a full year of probation and 6 days of work program. We were able to convince the judge to knock off 2 days of the work program and 3 months from the probation. All that is left for the client to do is to pay fines, and in this case we were able to get the fine reduced to $200 from $1000.
Facing criminal charges? Even if you were in the wrong there is still help. Call (734) 453-7806 to speak with Michigan criminal lawyer, Aaron J. Boria.