Penalties for Marijuana Crimes in Iowa
Unlike many other states in the country that are taking a more relaxed approach to marijuana legislation, Iowa has not done much to decriminalize marijuana. In fact, in recent years and months, there has been an increase in the number of people being stopped from out of state for interstate drug crimes involving marijuana. Iowa takes marijuana crimes seriously, making it essential to defend against marijuana charges aggressively.
Spellman Law, P.C., is a law firm that focuses on criminal defense as its only legal practice area. This focus is a great benefit to the firm's clients who need to focus on obtaining the best outcome possible. Des Moines marijuana crimes attorney Sean P. Spellman represents clients throughout Iowa in marijuana defense matters that include:
- Simple possession: Simple possession of a small quantity of marijuana for personal use is considered a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of two years' incarceration and $5,000 in fines for a third or subsequent offense.
- Cultivation, sale (or possession with intent to deliver): Sale or cultivation of marijuana is a felony, with penalties that can include up to 50 years of incarceration and up to $1 million in fines.
- Interstate marijuana crimes: Sean P. Spellman can help defend you against marijuana charges involving the crossing of state lines, whether the charges are brought in state or federal court.
- Accommodation offenses: For marijuana delivery or possession with intent to deliver charges, it is possible to obtain lower sentences if the quantity of marijuana was not a quantity typically offered for sale.
- Marijuana diversion program: In some occasions, the court will use treatment programs and other resources instead of incarceration if the quantity of marijuana is low enough and the other circumstances are favorable to this approach.
Attorney Sean P. Spellman will explore all of the options to find the strategy that will help you obtain the best outcome possible given the facts of your case, including the possibility of illegal search and seizure. This is a common mistake made by police in marijuana cases, and it can result in suppressed evidence that is essential to the state's case.
Contact Ames Possession of Marijuana Attorney
Do not wait to call an Iowa criminal defense lawyer. Spellman Law, P.C., offers free initial consultations, so you can sit down with an attorney and discuss your case in a free, confidential setting. Call or e-mail the firm to schedule your free initial consultation.