If you have been arrested for marijuana possession or another related crime, you need a dedicated attorney to handle the defense of your case. Robert Katzenstein is a marijuana criminal defense lawyer who has been advocating for clients for decades. At the Katzenstein Law Offices in Holland, PA, we work with you to develop an aggressive defense strategy so the consequences are minimized or in some cases, eliminated altogether. We understand the impact drug and marijuana arrests have on your personal and professional life, and give your case the attention it deserves.
Depending on the amount of marijuana, penalties range from 30 days to one year in prison with a fine of between $500 and $5,000.
Pennsylvania Marijuana Laws
Before you go to court for a marijuana-related crime, it is critical to know the potential range of punishment for the charges. In Holland and throughout Pennsylvania, penalties include:
- Possession: If you have 30g or less, the penalties are lower, with a possible 30-day jail sentence and a maximum fine of $500. For cases where the amount in your possession is more than 30g, expect to face up to a year behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000. If this is your first possession case, you may be eligible for release as long as you meet certain conditions. However, if you have had a prior possession charge against you, the penalties can double.
- Sale: The sale of less than 30g is a misdemeanor with a 30-day sentence and fine up to $500, but sales of more than 30g are classified as felonies with a sentence of between two-and-a-half to five years and a maximum fine of $15,000. These penalties are adjusted upward if sales take place within 1,000 feet of a school or within 250 feet of a playground.
- Cultivation: Cultivation is classified as a felony and carries between two-and-a-half and five years in jail and a monetary fine of up to $15,000.
These penalties have serious consequences and can lead to the loss of your job or being kicked out of school. Robert Katzenstein can help minimize the damaging effects a marijuana charge can have on your life.
In some cases, our clients might be eligible for conditional release or diversion programs. This means that if you abide by certain rules, you can stay out of jail while still serving your sentence. The benefit of these programs is that in most cases, upon successful completion of the conditions, the charges are either reduced or dismissed. This can help you keep your record cleaner and give you a chance to earn a living while still accepting responsibility.
An aggressive defense strategy is designed to keep you out of jail, minimize fines and penalties, and protect your reputation and livelihood.
It might also be possible to have your charges decriminalized, depending on where your case is filed and whether a minor offense qualifies. In addition, if you have need of marijuana for a medicinal purpose, you may be successful in having charges dropped if you are able to produce the evidence needed to fit this defense.
How Can an Attorney Help?
It might seem like a good idea to take on your own defense, but unless you have a working knowledge of the criminal justice system, it is likely important pieces of evidence or certain required court appearances will be overlooked. This will end up causing more charges to be filed against you, increasing the range of punishment. Robert Katzenstein has been practicing law since 1970, and is intimately familiar with the best methods to successfully handle criminal defense cases.
Take Action Today
If you have been charged with a marijuana or drug-related crime, let our team stand by your side during this difficult time. Contact the Katzenstein Law Offices online today or call our Holland office at (215) 322-3400.