Marijuana possession is fairly common in Montana, as it is in any other state. But despite the substance’s growing acceptance in some areas of the United States, it still remains firmly illegal in our region. That illegal status comes with a number of very serious consequences for those who are facing charges for marijuana possession, sale or trafficking. In Montana, marijuana charges can be split into three categories: possession, sale and manufacturing. • Possession: If you were found in possession of 60 grams of marijuana or less, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, you will face a fine of between $100 and $500 and imprisonment of up to six months. The penalties increase sharply with the second offense: if convicted, you can face up to a $1,000 fine and three years in prison. • Sale: Montana law calls for harsh penalties for anyone convicted of selling marijuana. The sale of any amount of marijuana can incur a prison sentence of one year to life, as well as a $50,000 fine. Selling to a minor can lead to even greater penalties: an additional $50,000 fine and/or two additional years’ imprisonment. • Manufacturing: Penalties for manufacturing marijuana vary depending on the amount involved. For amounts equaling up to one pound or 30 plants, a conviction a lead to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 10 years’ imprisonment. Conviction for a larger amount calls for up to $50,000 in fines and a term of imprisonment lasting for two years to life. Penalties are doubled with subsequent convictions. For many accused of drug possession, these legal penalties are only part of the consequences they face. Arrest on drug charges can be a significant embarrassment, one that is difficult to hide from friends and coworkers.
Furthermore, a conviction for drug charges will appear on your criminal record, which can limit future employment or educational opportunities. If you have been accused of a marijuana crime, it is important that you take action to limit the consequences you face. An experienced criminal defense attorney at Tipp & Buley will help you prepare an effective strategy to counter the charges you face, helping you protect your interests and your future. To schedule a one-on-one consultation at our Missoula law office, contact us online or call 406-549-5186.