West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
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Marijuana, also known as weed, cannabis, or pot, is among the most commonly used drugs in Pennsylvania. Although marijuana has proven to have medical benefits and limited health risks, the laws regarding its use can be extremely harsh.
If you are charged with committing a marijuana crime in Pennsylvania, you can be subjected to a variety of penalties. These penalties include fines, time behind bars, a suspended driver’s license, and limitations on employment and educational opportunities. Worse yet, being found with even a relatively small amount of marijuana could result in charges of possession with intent to distribute or drug dealing. Are you willing to put yourself at the mercy of the police and prosecution?
It is time to avoid having your life flipped upside down by a marijuana offense. Look to a team of lawyers with over 40 years of combined experienced. Look to more than just one lawyer or just one hope; speak to a member of our marijuana defense team who can help defend you against these chargesin Chester County and throughout Philadelphia.
If you have been charged with a marijuana crime in Newton Square, Exton, Norristown, Downingtown, Coatesville, Willow Street, or Southeastern Pennsylvania, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. The team of skilled defense attorneys at the firm is knowledgeable in all laws regarding marijuana offenses and will work hard to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected throughout the legal process.
To ensure that you have a dedicated team of defense attorneys on your side, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices today at (610) 719-3200. We have offices in Lancaster, Philadelphia, West Chester, Plymouth Meeting, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Radnor, and Malvern, which allows us to serve clients throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Call us to set up a consultation on your marijuana charges today.
If an individual is convicted of possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana, he or she could be sentenced to up to a year of imprisonment, along with a fine of up to $5,000. For amounts less than 30 grams, individuals face up to 30 days in jail and a potential fine of up to $500.
This offense includes the cultivation, transportation, and selling of controlled substances. If convicted of this offense, individuals face up to five years in prison and a fine between $5,000 and $25,000. If 1,000 pounds or more of weed was involved, the punishment can be enhanced to up to 10 years behind bars with a fine of up to $100,000.
Possession of marijuana paraphernalia carries a potential jail sentence of up to a year, along with up to a $2,500 fine.
Anytime an individual is charged with possession of marijuana, the most important aspect of the case for the prosecution is proving that the individual actually possessed marijuana. In instances where an officer conducted a search and found marijuana in your pocket, vehicle, or home, the prosecution must be able to show that the officer had probable cause to believe you committed a crime. If the prosecution is unable to prove that there was enough probable cause to conduct a search, your charges could potentially be dropped or reduced.
Other defenses for marijuana crimes include:
Once charged with a marijuana offense, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. Your attorney may be able to help you avoid time behind bars by point out the prosecutions lack of evidence or proving that a law enforcement official violated your constitutional rights.
First time offenders of marijuana crimes may be able to enter a drug diversion program in West Chester. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, your defense attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution and get them to agree to let you enter this program. After completing this program, the charges against you will be dismissed and you will avoid having a criminal record.
Your West Chester criminal defense attorney can advocate for you to be admitted into the program if you decided this is your best option.
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: This national organization advocates for sensible policy on marijuana use.
Philly NORML: This the local Philadelphia chapter of the national organization.
If you are facing charges for a crime involving marijuana in Newton Square, Exton, Downingtown, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Willow Street, or Coatesville, it is important to ensure that you have the right team behind you. The team of attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are dedicated to fighting for the rights and freedom of individuals who have been arrested for marijuana crimes.
Contact us today at (610) 719-3200 to set up a consultation on your case. The attorneys at Ciccarelli Law Offices are ready to serve you, and will work tirelessly to help you avoid the most serious penalties associated with your alleged offense.