Fighting A Marijuana Charge In South Dakota
While the country at large is moving toward decriminalizing marijuana and a few social stigmas still exist, South Dakota still views marijuana use and possession as a crime. If the police arrest you for a marijuana-related offense, your future and freedom are in jeopardy and you deserve nothing less than a skilled, aggressive criminal defense.
Attorney Paul Andrews has decades of experience defending clients against marijuana charges. From his office in Rapid City, he offers you the skills and insight you deserve that come with his extensive time working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Marijuana Carries Significant Penalties
Penalties include jail time, fines and lasting effects on your public record. However, charges for marijuana crimes also depend on circumstances such as:
- Amounts: South Dakota prohibits any amount of marijuana, but under 2 ounces is considered a misdemeanor. Anything over 2 ounces is a felony, ranging from class 6 felonies to class 3 felonies for over 10 lbs.
- Activity: Selling marijuana, or any other drug, carries significant penalties. The sale of even half an ounce of marijuana is a felony with a mandatory 30-day sentence.
If the police arrest you for a crime related to marijuana, you need immediate representation who will move quickly to protect your rights.
Special Risks For Out Of Staters
If you cross state lines with marijuana, you can face possession charges even if you purchased the marijuana legally in your home state. While any marijuana charge carries the possibility of a federal charge, crossing state lines makes that more likely. These are not minor offenses, but attorney Paul Andrews can help.
His experience in both state and federal courts allows him to represent you at every level and build a comprehensive criminal defense.
You Deserve Fair Treatment Under The Law
Marijuana charges, while serious, do not have to end with a conviction. You have rights in the criminal justice system that require a vigorous and thorough defense. With attorney Paul Andrews fighting for you, you can rest assured that a skilled attorney is advocating for your rights at every point.