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Marijuana Charges

Marijuana Charges

Arrested? Find a New Hampshire or Maine drug crime lawyer near you!

New Hampshire and Maine continue to treat simple possession of even small amounts of marijuana as a criminal offense even as our neighboring states decriminalize this offense. As a result, anyone convicted of committing a marijuana crime is penalized under N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §318-B:26, the statute that criminalizes the possession, possession with intent to sell, cultivation, manufacture, sales, distribution, and trafficking of any type of controlled substance. The possession of a small amount of marijuana possession in New Hampshire is considered a Class A misdemeanor. However, certain marijuana offenses result in felony charges, relating to quantity, manufacture or intention to sell marijuana. The penalties for marijuana possession, PWI, sales, and distribution are as follows:

  • 5 pounds or more: Up to 20 years in prison; maximum fine of $300,000; or both
  • 1 ounce or more: Up to 7 years in prison; maximum fine of $100,000; or both
  • Less than 1 ounce: Up to 3 years in prison; maximum fine of $25,000; or both

How a Criminal Attorney Can Defend You

Dealt with still as a crime, marijuana possession is one of the most common drug-related arrests in New Hampshire. Our criminal defense lawyers regularly defend charges arising from the possession of marijuana. Drug cases often implicate constitutional concerns relating to search and seizure.

Our criminal defense team understands the issues implicated in drug cases, works with our clients to understand their priorities and develops a strategy to resolve or try the case in the most effective manner possible.

In many cases, we can create a plan for diversion, avoiding criminal convictions by putting together plans for treatment and community service. In other cases, we identify factual and legal defenses and prepare case for trial. In all of these ways, a New Hampshire drug crime lawyer may be of critical assistance to you. Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is one of the largest firms in the state, but our growth is attributable to the individual attention we apply to our clients and their cases. Call today to discuss your marijuana charges and find out what an aggressive and successful member of our team can do to defend you from the penalties you are facing.

Fight Your Drug Crime Charges

With our help, you could fight your charges on a number of grounds. Searches of motor vehicle and homes often give rise to constitutional defenses. Mistakes in identity and the inability of the state to prove that you knowingly possessed a controlled drug are likewise defenses common to drug crime cases. Our firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and is highly rated on Avvo, members of our criminal defense team have been recognized by Super Lawyers® and have been included in the Union Leader's "40 Under 40 list.

We have earned these honors through our straightforward and aggressive approach to defending criminal cases, including drug related offenses and we will fight tirelessly to obtain a dismissal or reduction of your marijuana charges. Contact us right away for more information.

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