Sentencing and punishment for possession of marijuana for sale – explained by California criminal attorneys at Wallin and Klarich
Unlike simple possession which can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the circumstances of your case, possession of marijuana for sale is always charged as a felony. If you are convicted of possession of marijuana for sale under California H&S 11359, you face a sentence of 16 months, 2 or 3 years in county jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Court options at the time of sentencing
If you are convicted of possession of marijuana for sale, the court has discretion in determining your punishment depending on the circumstances of your case. The court has the following options at time of sentencing:
- The court can sentence you to 16 months, 2 or 3 years in county jail
- Impose a fine of up to $10,000
- Place you on probation and impose a sentence of up to one year in county jail
- Place you on probation with no jail time, but order you to do community service, a work release program and attend drug counseling or substance abuse classes
- Place you on formal probation and assign you a probation officer
When you are placed on probation the court will impose specific terms of probation that apply to the crime for which you were convicted. These terms of probation will include:
- Violate no law (other than a traffic infraction)
- Visit your probation officer as often as required by your probation terms
- Perform community service
- Attend drug counseling or drug diversion programs
- Random drug testing
These are only a few of the probation terms that a court can impose. If you are found to be in violation of any of these terms, the court can sentence you to the maximum time allowed by law.
Finding an experienced H&S 11359 attorney at Wallin & Klarich
The sentencing and punishment for possession of marijuana for sale can be severe and potentially life changing. If you or someone you know has been accused of possession of marijuana for sale, you need to contact an experienced California criminal lawyer who will carefully review the facts and the law to give you the best representation possible. With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, Wallin & Klarich has over 30 years of experience in defending our clients against charges of possession of marijuana for sale. We will carefully review the evidence against you and help you win your case.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.