Misdemeanors and Felonies

More likely, if this is your first offense possessing marijuana, you are likely to be charged with a misdemeanor, which means a ‘minor wrongdoing.’ Misdemeanors typically carry less severe penalties such as a shorter jail term or no imprisonment; a fine, or probation.  However, fines, court fees and mandatory tests such as urine tests add up quickly and could still reach several thousand dollars.

Beyond first offenses, drug charges rapidly become felony offenses, especially with an intent to distribution any substance. Understanding the state definitions of drug possession and paraphernalia is critical for a proper defense.

Federal felony drug charges include stringent mandatory jail sentences based on five levels of severity.