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With all the talk of medical marijuana, and with many states beginning to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and with New York coming within just a few votes of legalizing pot in this last legislative session, 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-time-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. 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, Livingston, or Wayne County, call us. You can reach an experienced criminal defense attorney by calling The Militello Law Firm at (585) 485-0025.