Marijuana Charge results in plea of Guilty with no probation
Client with prior felony conviction for Possession of Marijuana is charged with misdemeanor Possession in municipal court following a questionable car stop for stopping over the marked cross-walk at intersection. Officer performs non-consensual car search after claiming to smell marijuana and arrests driver for being in possession of small amount of marijuana. Driver had a previous felony possession conviction in prior five years. After negotiations with the city, client pled guilty and paid a fine of $1000 and avoided a one-year supervised probation period. Furthermore, there were no collateral consequences to his license, current employment, or educational grants. I warned him that a future Possession charge could be filed in state court as a felony based on his prior convictions. As we see a shift in society's tolerance for marijuana usage for recreational purposes, we see a greater tolerance from city and state prosecutors in the prosecution of these cases.