POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
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You’ve Been Charged with a Marijuana Offense
I am a defense attorney and help people charged with drug charges in Wyoming, Idaho and the National Parks. If you have been charged with a marijuana offense in Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, check out my guide: Understanding Your Federal Charge For Possession Of A Controlled Substance.
In A National Park. If you have been charged in Teton County, or the Town of Jackson, the guide is less relevant. You are under different laws. The judge is different. The procedure is different.
Marijuana Possession is Still a Crime?
What are the Consequences?
At the state level, a first marijuana possession offense (up to three ounces) is a misdemeanor. See Wyoming Statute § 35-7-1031.
It’s punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $750. In most (not all) of the local jurisdictions, the prosecutors are not seeking jail time. Depending on your circumstances, the prosecutors will make certain offers, and the judge will impose a certain sentence. A third offense is a felony, and again, depending on your circumstances, the prosecutors will attempt to obtain a felony conviction. Additionally, a marijuana conviction can affect:
TYPES OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Very pleased.Alex was very helpful during a stressful time for my family. He thoroughly explained the process and kept us informed of the procedure. We felt he always had our best interest at heart.
What can you do about it?
FIGHT THE CASE
The police and park rangers don’t always get it right. When they don’t, you can and should fight the case. In vehicle cases, sometimes they pull you over for no reason (I’ve seen a lot of dash cam footage that made me go: huh?).
If they don’t pull you over for a lawful reason, the case should be thrown out. Once they pull you over, there are certain rules they have to follow to expand the scope of the traffic stop. If they jump the gun and seize and search you without a good reason, that violates the Fourth Amendment.
In non-vehicle cases there are similar rules about when, where and how the officers contact you. From there, there are rules that govern what kinds of questions they can ask you and whether they can detain you. It gets complicated.
MINIMIZE THE CONSEQUENCES
What is The Best Strategy for Me?
It depends. Typically, you start with both. First, you want to get the police report. Your attorney then analyzes the police report and interviews you about what happens.
If your attorney finds a reason for the judge to throw the case out, then you go down that road. If not, you move on to minimizing the consequences. Of course, with any attorney, you are in the driver’s seat. Your attorney’s job is to provide you with:
That’s what I do.
How We Work
Typically, I do these cases for a fixed fee. You pay one flat fee up front. If we don’t go to trial (and these cases rarely go to trial), then that is the only fee you pay. If you call me on the phone, we can talk about your case and I will give you a quote.
My office is (307) 200-9720. You can call or text that number and it will go through to me or someone else, even if it’s the weekend. If I am in the backcountry or unavailable, I’ll get back to you. I take credit cards. You can sign most things electronically, unless a notarized signature is legally required. You will get copies of all your documents electronically.
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