Newport Beach Marijuana Possession cases are prosecuted under California Health and Safety Code 11357. At the Law Offices of Randy Collins, our attorneys have decades of experience assisting clients with Marijuana possession cases. If you are in need of skilled legal representation, contact our firm and find out why the Law Offices of Randy Collins is a firm you can trust.
Newport Beach Marijuana Possession is defined as holding Marijuana in your possession, and without a valid prescription. Given that marijuana laws are constantly being reformed, it’s important to consult with a lawyer to see what’s at stake and what dismissals you may qualify for, if applicable.
In order to prosecute for Health and Safety Code 11357, the state has the burden to prove that the following occurred:
- The offender had active or constructive possession of marijuana
- The offender knew that marijuana is a controlled substance
The penalties for marijuana possession in Newport Beach are largely dependent on the quantity found. If the defendant was found with less than one ounce of non-concentrated marijuana, sentencing is usually an infraction for first time offenders, which subjects them to $100 in fines. If found with more than one ounce of marijuana, the penalties include misdemeanor charges of:
- Up to six months in the Newport Beach county jail
- Up to $500 in fines in fines
The above penalties include possession of non-concentrated marijuana. For concentrated marijuana possession, the penalties include either misdemeanor or felony charges, which subjects offenders to:
- Misdemeanor: up to one year in jail and up to $500 in fines
- Felony: which carries sixteen months, two or three years in prison
In addition, if someone is found in possession of marijuana with the intent to sell, this is prosecuted under California Penal Code 11359, which carries higher fines.
If you are facing Marijuana Possession in Newport Beach, contact the Law Offices of Randy Collins. Our attorneys have obtained several not guilty verdicts on behalf of drug crime defendants and have assisted countless persons using and selling a wide variety of different types of Cannabis. Call 888-250-2865 to have your case evaluated for free and receive information you can use to make more informed decisions about your criminal proceedings.