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An arrest can be a harrowing experience. If you have been taken into custody and you have done nothing wrong, the experience can be especially frustrating. You will be tempted to lose your temper and to cause trouble for the police. This is exactly the wrong way to go about things. If you have been busted, arrested, and charged with marijuana possession, you are in trouble. The fact that you have not done what you have been accused of must be put aside at that moment. You must instead focus on establishing your legal defense, and your first move should be to contact a criminal defense lawyer.

The law offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have criminal defense attorneys who have extensive experience and expertise in handling such cases. Your arrest is unjustified. And one of our attorney’s will do what is necessary to get you released and the charges against you dropped.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug on the market. People in every part of the city possess and smoke this substance. Although many states have legalized marijuana, the drug remains illegal in New York. A small section of the police department is dedicated to the investigation and arrest of persons involved in the marijuana trade and other vices. You may have been inadvertently swept up in one of their operations. It is also the case that people who are being investigated for more serious crimes have the charge of possession added to their charge sheet.

The law states that the only way you can be convicted of marijuana is if you knowingly and unlawfully possess the drug. The state must prove that you meet such criteria. It is the job of your attorney to scrutinize each piece of evidence presented to prove your guilt. Your attorney will ensure that weak and circumstantial evidence does not lead to the ruin of your life.

Indeed, you should say nothing to the authorities before your lawyer arrives. The police may tell you that your position will be improved if you cooperate. But this is a ploy to get you to drop your Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate yourself. Even a seemingly innocent or innocuous statement can be used to prove your guilt. It is better to wait and let your legal counsel speak for you.

Penalties for marijuana possession range from 15 days to 15 years in prison. And the fines can be up to $15,000. This is not the kind of time and money you want to risk losing. Plenty of innocent people have been sent to prison for marijuana possession. Do not make yourself one of them.

If you are guilty of marijuana possession, use or sale, if the police have an overabundance of evidence against you, it is still important to retain legal counsel. Prosecutors are inclined to be more lenient with marijuana charges than they are with other types of drug crimes—especially if it is a first offense. The lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates are experienced criminal lawyers. They know people in the prosecutor’s office. They will be able to negotiate a sentence that is highly favorable to you.

If you have been arrested for marijuana use and you meet certain eligibility requirements, the court may offer you the Drug Treatment Court Program. This is for people who have a drug problem, and if you are able to demonstrate your illness you may be admitted to this program.

It may be the case that the police are really after a major crime figure and believe you have information that can help them. In such an instance, your lawyer can secure you a lighter sentence, which may exclude jail time and fines, in exchange for your help.

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