A 35-year-old man was arrested on drug charges when police seized 16 pounds of marijuana from his vehicle. According to a Daily Pilot news report, the man was arrested by Costa Mesa police in the 3000 block of Capri Lane in Mesa Verde. Officials say the pulled the vehicle over, searched the car, and found the marijuana. The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to sell. The passenger was not arrested. It is unclear what led to the initial traffic stop or if the driver has a record of similar offenses.
Marijuana crimes have changed significantly over the past few years in California, but there are still harsh penalties for possessing and selling marijuana without a prescription or license. For example, possessing 28.5 grams or less of marijuana in Orange County for personal use is punishable by a fine of $100. Possessing over 28.5 grams can result in misdemeanor charges punishable by six months in jail and a $500 fine.
If officials believe that the marijuana was intended for sale, you could face felony charges punishable by 16 months to three years in prison. In fact, individuals could face between two and four years in prison for selling or delivering any amount of marijuana.
If you have been arrested on marijuana-related charges, it is important that you act quickly to build a defense. Depending on the circumstances it may be possible to have charges reduced or dismissed. An experienced drug defense attorney investigates the circumstances of the arrest, the way the evidence was obtained, and if mistakes were made during your arrest and investigation. First-time offenders are often able to negotiate for alternative sentencing to help them avoid jail time and reduce their penalties.
David A. Stein is a skilled criminal defense attorney and is highly-qualified to advise you of your options to defend against drug changes. Call the Law Offices of David A. Stein today at 949-445-0040 or email us online here.