Attorney Nick Alcock discusses how much a marijuana attorney should cost. Marijuana offenses are among the most common of all drug offenses in Arizona. Marijuana offenses are viewed by the public as a fairly minor crime. However, a marijuana charge is still considered by law enforcement to be a serious criminal offense. Like any criminal offense, the consequences of having a criminal conviction for marijuana possession on your record may well impact your life in many ways. Deciding on the right attorney to represent in your case is therefore a very important decision.
The penalties for marijuana offenses can be based on the amount found and whether or not the amount was for personal use or sale. There is a “threshold” amount of the drug that makes a difference in the charges against you. For marijuana, the amount is 2 lbs. If you are found to possess more than 2 lbs of the substance, you will most likely be charged with possession with intent to sell. The laws are also very severe if any minors are involved or the sale occurred close to a school.
If you are only being charged with possession and not possession with intent to sell, you may be eligible for deferred prosecution on your case. This essentially means you are given a second chance by the court. You will likely be offered a chance to enroll in a diversion program. If successfully completed, your charges can be dropped. However, if you violate this program you will probably face the potential original sentence for your crime.
Typically, if this is your first offense and you are caught for simple possession for personal use you will not be looking at any jail time. In this case, you might want to consider whether or not it is worth it to hire an attorney. However, it is always a wise decision to at least consult an attorney prior to your initial court date to discuss the particulars of your case.
Depending on the specifics of your case and the seriousness of the charges against you, there are many factors you will wish to consider before determining whether or not to hire an attorney. Retaining a lawyer to fight a marijuana charge can typically range anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000. At Alcock and Associates, we charge affordable flat fees, offer reasonable payment plans and ensure that you always receive a copy of everything in writing. We have experienced marijuana attorneys that can fight to get you fair treatment in court and work to minimize the impact these charges can have on your life. Please contact us for a free evaluation of your case at 602-989-5000 so that you are fully informed of all your options. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you!