The Detroit News reported a large marijuana bust this week, one that ended in the confiscation of about 20 pounds of pot and at least one arrest.
According to the report, the marijuana was already packaged for sale when the officers located it in the back seat of a vehicle.
Although the reasons are unknown, officers stopped the vehicle around 8pm near Fullerton and Dexter. Upon stopping, the driver fled the scene on foot. When officers lost him and returned to the car, they found the two occupants missing and the marijuana left behind.
The driver was later found but it isn’t clear about the occupants.
More than likely the man behind the wheel will be facing some serious charges, possibly Possession with Intent to Deliver. Because of the amount of weed that was found, the charge could result in up to 7 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
Although most marijuana cases aren’t this serious, this one is a good example that marijuana is considered illegal and although it is seen more commonly in the court systems it is still punished severely in situations like this.
For the casual marijuana user the typical charge is possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. If this is the first time you have been in front of the court, your defense attorney may be able to get that charge conditionally discharged.
This means the Michigan courts are occasionally willing to give people a second chance, particularly when the charges are fairly minor.
A conditional discharge means that you will serve a period of probation before going to trial. If you complete the probation with no violations, the charges against you may be dropped.
When you are found on the wrong end of the law, the potential outcomes can be frightening. If you are facing marijuana, or any other drug charges, we can help. As defense attorneys, our job is to ensure that clients’ rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.
Call us today to discuss the details of your case and how our attorneys may be able to help.