Fines Only After Possession Charge Reduced | Shyler Engel, PLLC

February 5, 2016
A Shyler Engel, PLLC client was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Our client unfortunately had no diversion program eligibility; he had already used §7411 and he was in his mid-30s. However, our client did secure a medical marijuana card after the incident. The prosecutor initially made no offer other than to plead guilty and be on probation, however after talking the judge about the implications of having a medical marijuana card while on probation, the judge decided to permit our client to use marijuana for medical purposes while on probation. Bringing that new information back to the prosecutor, the prosecutor was gracious enough to offer a reduced plea to Improper Transportation of Marijuana. The judge, seemingly happy to further help our client, then decided to simply sentence our client to fines and costs. For our client, who had no medical protections at the time of the arrest, he walked away with simply fines and costs on an Improper Transportation charge. No probation, no testing, and no driver’s license sanctions.