Marijuana Defense Attorneys in Oakland
California’s Marijuana Laws
The state of California, though comparatively lax on marijuana laws compared
to many other states, still has consequences for marijuana crimes. As
of January 1, 2018, California voters legalized the use of recreational
marijuana. This means that adults who are 21 or older may possess one
once of dried marijuana, eight grams of cannabis concentrate, and six
plants for personal use. Exceeding these amounts is a misdemeanor, punished
by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail.
California DUI law also dictates the following actions are illegal:
- Possessing marijuana when under the age of 18
- Selling or possessing marijuana with the intent to sell, unless you have
a valid business license to do so
- Selling marijuana to a minor, even if you have a valid license
- Violating California environmental laws when cultivating marijuana
- Operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana
- Smoking marijuana in a public or non-smoking space
- Smoking on the grounds of a school or youth center
- Consuming or possessing marijuana in an open container while behind the wheel
Employers and landlords also maintain the right to enforce a drug-free
workplace, in which they can report your use or possession of marijuana
to law enforcement.
Call (510) 953-5551 or
contact us online today. After an arrest, there is no time to delay. Don’t speak with
police without a lawyer on your side.
Potential Penalties for a Marijuana Conviction
Punishments of a marijuana drug crime generally include fines and up to
6 months in jail, if a convicted of a criminal misdemeanor. If there are
multiple people involved, or if there are prior convictions for serious or
violent offenses, the crime can also face felony enhancements. Potential punishment and
your right to possess or use marijuana are also dependent on your criminal
history. For example, you may not obtain a license to sell marijuana if
you have had previous convictions for serious felonies, knowingly selling
to a minor, or selling without a license.
In addition, penalties can be increased if the marijuana crimes were carried
out in addition to other offenses, such as
weapons crimes, if you are a registered
sex offender, or if the crime is in connection with vehicular manslaughter when
driving under the influence.
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Despite becoming more and more acceptable across the board, marijuana use
or possession is still subject to being punishable by law. Because the
lines regarding marijuana use are so blurred in today’s world, it
can be difficult to fully understand when one’s actions are truly
illegal. This is why it is important you don’t take your charges
lying down; instead, confront them head-on with the help of a trusted
Oakland criminal defense attorney, such as ours at
Torres & Caraves Law.
If you or a loved one are facing drug charges, whether they are regarding
marijuana or not, please don’t hesitate to enlist the legal counsel,
care, and representation of an Oakland drug crime lawyer you can trust,
such as ours at Torres & Caraves Law. We bring more than 25 years
of collective experience and will go above and beyond in our efforts to
prevent one mistake from determining the course of your life. We understand
just how much is on the line. Allow us to fight for your rights today.
Contact us online or by calling (510) 953-5551.