Police officers reportedly found a marijuana cultivation operation in Pomona after following a tip on its location. Police allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the establishment that they were watching, and this formed the basis of a search warrant.
The warrant was served on a 35-year-old man, who police claimed was the leader of a large marijuana growing operation. The accused was charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession of prescription drugs for sale. He was released on a $50,000 bail.
If convicted, the penalty for possession and cultivation can be influenced by the amount of marijuana allegedly discovered in the premises of the accused.
If you are charged with marijuana cultivation in the state of California, you should take the matter very seriously and immediately seek legal representation by an attorney experienced in this field.
Those found guilty of such a change, may be punished by:
- Jail time
- Community service
- Electronic monitoring
- Forfeiture of property
Depending on the nature of the offense, marijuana possession may be charged as a misdemeanor with up to 1 year of jail time or as a felony which carries up to 6 years of imprisonment. It’s important to raise the appropriate marijuana possession defense in order to reduce the charge, minimize the penalty, or dismiss the charge where applicable under the circumstances.
The penalty for marijuana possession may be higher when the offense involves:
- Large quantities of the prohibited substance
- A repeat offender
In the Pomona arrest, police claimed that they were able to seize approximately 300 pounds of marijuana. There were no reports of the suspect having a previous record of marijuana possession or that firearms were found in the premises.
Importance of a Criminal Defense Attorney
Anyone charged with marijuana possession is entitled to raise appropriate defenses that can lower the charge, minimize the penalty or dismiss his case entirely. The actual circumstances of the offense can spell the difference between getting charged for a misdemeanor or a felony.
Your criminal defense attorney can assess the situation, review the circumstances leading to the search and seizure, examine the search warrant, and weigh all other evidence that the prosecution may have against you.
In Los Angeles, the Kestenbaum Law Group headed by criminal defense attorney David Kestenbaum has years of proven experience in handling drug crimes, protecting the rights of those who have been charged with marijuana use, cultivation, transportation, and sales.
We welcome your call today at (818) 616-4312 to schedule a free initial consultation.