Marijuana Crimes in Pittsburgh

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Marijuana violations are some of the most common drug crimes in the state of Pennsylvania because the substance is so easily accessible to many people. If you are arrested for a marijuana crime in Pennsylvania, you could be facing serious penalties if you are convicted in court.

At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, Attorney Melvin Vatz has helped Pennsylvania residents with their legal needs since 1976, including defense against drug crimes. As a former Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Attorney Vatz has a unique insight into the criminal justice system. This allows him to orchestrate a hard-hitting criminal defense to fight back against your charges in an effective manner.

Have you been arrested for a marijuana crime? Call the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz today at (412) 453-3341 to schedule a free consultation.

Marijuana Crimes in Pennsylvania

The various crimes involving marijuana are the same as charges involving other drugs, however marijuana is prosecuted differently. There are a several factors that influence the severity of the charges you face for a marijuana violation, including the amount of marijuana involved, where you are found with it, and your intended target (for sales or distribution charges), and a previous record

Marijuana crimes in Pittsburgh include:

  • Possession: Unauthorized possession of marijuana has a 30 gram line—if you are accused of possessing less than 30 grams, your penalties could be up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine; more than 30 grams and you face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
  • Sales or Intent to Sell: Selling marijuana is usually a felony. Depending on how much you have sold, you could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
  • Cultivation: Possessing any number of marijuana plants is a felony, with jail sentences ranging between 1-5 years and a $15,000 fine.
  • Drug Paraphernalia: Paraphernalia, including smoking pipes, blunt papers, and crushing devices, are illegal to possess with the intent of use. Charges are misdemeanors, and maximum sentences vary between 1-2 years and fines ranging between $2,500-$5,000
  • Hash & Concentrates crimes: Possessing marijuana concentrates is a misdemeanor, but manufacturing concentrates is a felony violation, with a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.

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