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The seriousness of marijuana charges for accused individuals

Posted: December 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

Drug charges can carry serious penalties and consequences and stand in the way of the freedom and future of the accused individual. This is true of all different types of drug charges, including marijuana charges, which is why accused individuals should know how to handle the charges they are facing.

As is true of any criminal charges, it may be possible to challenge the charges the accused individual is facing with a strong criminal defense. Possession of even small amounts of marijuana can result in stiff penalties, including up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. In addition, potential penalties and consequences for a second marijuana possession charge can include fines as high as $100,000. Individuals accused of growing marijuana could face up to 17 years in prison and those facing charges of selling marijuana can face up to 17 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.

Any drug charge can result in serious penalties and consequences in Kansas and charges for marijuana possession or distribution are no different. The situation can worsen if the accused individual is charged with drug trafficking, which authorities may do if the accused individual allegedly had large amounts of the drug or items allegedly associated with selling drugs. This can result in devastating consequences for the accused individual.

There are many ways to challenge criminal charges based on the alleged facts or evidence of the case. A lot is on the line when an individual is facing drug charges, which is why they should be prepared to defend themselves against those charges.