America’s attitude is changing when it comes to marijuana. The same is not necessarily true, however, in the state of Kentucky. Our state continues to prosecute those who possess cannabis. Depending on the amount of the drug involved you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction can result in incarceration, a permanent criminal record, difficulty passing background checks, difficulty finding employment, securing student loans, as well as other problems. If you or a loved one have been arrested or cited then it is critical that the charges be taken seriously. Retaining a criminal defense lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected. Will Corrigan is a Louisville attorney handling marijuana related charges. Will takes great pride in the level of service he provides and our office is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Lawyer defending Louisville defendants charged with marijuana possession
Kentucky continues to criminally charge the possession of marijuana. Possessing even a small quantity of pot can result in Class B misdemeanor charges. A conviction can result in up to forty-five days in jail and a fine of up to $250. A person possessing eight ounces or more of weed may be considered to be engaging in drug trafficking. A first offense will be charged as a Class D felony and will carry a sentence of one to five years in prison. Possessing five pounds or more of cannabis will result in Class C felony charges and carry a sentence of five to ten years in prison. Defendants may also face additional or enhanced charges for other illegal conduct. An example of this would be one illegally possessing a firearm while in possession of or trafficking in marijuana.
How a marijuana related case proceeds will depend on the level of the charges. Misdemeanor cases will be tried in District Court. The defendant will attend an arraignment at which they will enter a plea of “not guilty.” If the drugs were discovered through a law enforcement violation of the defendant’s constitutional rights then defense counsel may file a Motion to Suppress any illegally seized evidence. If this Motion is successful then, depending on the facts of the case, the matter may be dismissed. If the case is not dismissed or we cannot obtain a favorable resolution, the matter will proceed to a trial. Given that such cases can involve constitutional issues and the complex procedural and evidentiary rules of trial, it is important that you retain an experienced attorney.
Will Corrigan has been assisting Louisville defendants since 2009. He will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how you were arrested or cited and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. He will then obtain the arrest reports, witness statements, and other relevant evidence. If Will believes that your Fourth Amendment rights were violated then any appropriate Motions will be filed with the Court. An evidentiary hearing will be held and he will question law enforcement as to how you were stopped, how the drugs were obtained, and as to other facts relating to whether the police had “reasonable suspicion” to stop you in the first place. Should a trial be necessary, Will is prepared to make the prosecution meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Will understands the gravity of your situation and he is ready to assist you.
Louisville attorney staying in regular communication with those facing marijuana charges
It is common for people to complain that their lawyers are difficult to reach. Will strives to be different. This is why our firm makes lawyer-client communication a priority. Will regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he promptly returns phone calls, emails and text messages, and our office makes sure that we are available to answer your questions. We understand that it is our privilege to serve the Louisville community. We take this responsibility seriously and we try to provide the highest level of service possible. This is our promise to each and every client we serve.