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Consequences Of A Marijuana Possession Charge

Although the legal landscape for medical and recreational use of marijuana is changing across the United States at the state level, Iowa is not among the list of states that have modified laws against its use. If you are arrested for possession of marijuana, the punishments for a first offense (considered a serious misdemeanor) can include a maximum jail term of six months and a fine of $1,000. For a second offense, the maximum punishments escalate to a year in jail and a fine of $1,850.

A drug-related arrest on possession of cannabis can have significant consequences. At Spellman Law, P.C., our attorneys will represent you in court aggressively and seek the best possible outcome for your situation.

Additional Penalties For Marijuana Possession

Beyond the threat of jail time and substantial fines, there are other penalties associated with a possession conviction that can restrict your freedoms, including:

  • You will be assessed court fees and a 35 percent surcharge will be added to all fines associated with your sentence.
  • You may lose your driving privileges (though a revoked license) for 180 days.
  • You will be subject to an evaluation for substance abuse problems.
  • You may have to comply with random urinalysis testing ordered by the court.

Our lawyers can help you apply for a temporary restricted driver’s license if you need it to fulfill work or family obligations.

What Is A Deferred Judgment?

When our legal team cannot help you achieve an acquittal or dropped charges in your case, another option is to request that the judge issue a deferred judgment. This option means that you will serve no jail time, and no fine is imposed. However, you may be required to comply with probation requirements as a result of this deferral, and your record will show that you were arrested and charged with the crime of possession.

Defendants are only allowed two deferred judgments in their lifetime. Our attorneys can explain the implications of this option if it seems like the best strategy in your case.

Let Us Help You Move Forward After A Marijuana Drug Charge

An arrest for marijuana or other drug charges does not have to ruin your life. Let our firm’s lawyers help you build a strong defense. Call our office in West Des Moines at 515-222-4330 or email us.