Charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (UPM)?

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When I was arrested and charged with two Misdemeanors, I was not only stunned but pretty scared too. I had never been arrested before and knew nothing of the process. Adam defended me with passion, non-judgment and thorough knowledge and experience of the law that I would have been utterly lost without. My record will be clean and I couldn't be happier. Myself, my family, friends and community are eternally grateful. THANK YOU, ADAM!! *****

Innocent and Facing Charges That Would Have Ruined My Life

"I had just recently graduated from law school and was awaiting my bar exam when I was charged with 3 class D felonies. Adam was incredibly invested and attentive from the beginning of my case. He greatly exceeded my expectations in how often he took the time to come visit me in jail with updates. He calmly talked my wife through the issues and helped her understand what was going on. Adam believed in me and took the case to jury trial in Monroe County Court. His courtroom performance was excellent, combined with a solid grasp of litigation procedures and law. The jury verdict was not guilty on the 3 counts. I WAS DISCHARGED AND ACQUITTED ON ALL COUNTS. Worst-case scenario I was looking at 21 years in prison, and instead today I have my life back."

With all the talk of medical marijuana, and with states beginning to legalize marijuana for recreational use, you might be surprised to find that police are regularly issuing appearance tickets for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. It usually starts with a traffic stop where the police officer asks if you have any marijuana in the car, and if you say yes, you are likely to get an appearance ticket.

Possession of under 25 grams of marijuana for personal use is not a crime in New York, rather, it is a civil violation of the law. If the situation is well-managed, first-offenders can usually get in and out of court without a conviction in just one appearance. That being said, the situation must be well-managed. Your criminal record is not all that is at stake. A conviction of any drug possession offense can make a person ineligible for federal student financial aid. That includes Pell Grants, Stafford Student Loans, Federal Work Study programs, and all the other federally funded aid programs. The first conviction makes a person ineligible for just a year, but to a senior in high school, that is a very long year.

If you are facing Unlawful Possession of Marijuana charges in Monroe, Genesee, Ontario, or Livingston Counties, call us. You can reach an experienced criminal defense attorney by calling (585) 485-0025.

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