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Los Angeles Misdemeanor Arrests for Marijuana

A 2011 report from the Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice shows that the odds of a Californian getting arrested have dropped dramatically over the last decade for almost every offense, except for misdemeanor marijuana possession. In 2010, more than 54,800 Californians were arrested for this criminal offense. As of June 30, 2011, 1,325 inmates were serving sentences in California prisons for marijuana offenses, illustrating why it is so important to fight the accusations and charges brought against you. Los Angeles is a hot-spot for law enforcement officers to make marijuana arrests, and you must contact a criminal defense attorney who you can trust as soon as possible.

Penalties for Misdemeanors

After a misdemeanor arrest, the suspect will be taken to the nearest police station and booked. This process includes identification checks and fingerprinting. In many cases, the suspect will then be released on a promise that he or she will appear at citation. If the misdemeanor offense is drug or alcohol related, then the suspect will be required to stay at the police station until he or she can safely care for himself or herself.

The penalties for a misdemeanor can reach up to a full year in prison and fines of up to $4,000. Even if jail time is waived, you will still have a permanent criminal record that could affect you for the rest of your life unless an attorney is able to dismiss your charges. A misdemeanor can bar you from living in the area of your choice or even obtaining the job you desire. If you would like to better understand how a misdemeanor charge can affect you and what actions you can take right now to help avoid the conviction, speak with an attorney at your earliest convenience.

Los Angeles Misdemeanor Lawyer

Above all, you should never admit guilt for a misdemeanor crime. Many people underestimate the impact that a misdemeanor conviction will have on their future, and the best time to seek help is the moment that you are arrested. Here at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we have represented clients in over 200 jury trials and we know how to achieve a dismissal for your case. When you choose to work with a Los Angeles criminal attorney at our firm, you can be confident that your rights will be fully protected and that you have a Board-Certified attorney on your side. Call now!