Marijuana Possession in Michigan
Despite what you may have heard, there is no such thing as "just a misdemeanor." Having a conviction for marijuana possession on your record could rob you of opportunities for the rest of your life. Police may tell you to plead guilty on a first offense, pay a fine and forget about it. But they are not telling you the whole story. What they don't tell you is:
- A misdemeanor marijuana possession conviction can prevent you from getting a job or a scholarship or working as a licensed professional.
- If you get a second conviction of any kind, you will never be able to clear your record through expungement.
With so much at stake, drug possession is a serious crime that requires a serious defense. At Willis Law, we treat every drug charge seriously. If you have been arrested for marijuana possession or any drug crime, our attorneys will be your strongest advocates.
Put our fierce defense representation on your side. Call toll free at (888) 461-7744 for a free initial consultation.
Experienced Marijuana Possession Defense Lawyers
No matter the circumstances of your arrest, you can rely on our drug defense lawyers for knowledgeable, aggressive and cost-effective criminal legal defense. We will explain the charges against you and how we can help. In many cases, we will seek out appropriate diversionary programs that will allow you to keep the conviction off your record. If there is evidence of an illegal search and seizure or entrapment, however, we will work to get the charges against you dropped and the case dismissed.
Common Police Drug Enforcement Tactics
There are several police force drug units* that work undercover in western Michigan to arrest people for marijuana possession, and cocaine, heroin, meth and other drug charges. They frequently employ underhanded tactics such as:
- Police at parties: Undercover officers will go to college parties and ask if you have any spare marijuana they could buy. If you give them a joint and accept any money in return, they will issue a warrant for your arrest, charging you with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a felony.
- The knock and talk: An officer will come to your door, saying he or she has heard the person in the next dorm room or apartment is selling meth and he or she wants to look around. The officer will say, "We won't take you to jail today if you let us come in and search." If you let them in and they find marijuana, they will usually keep their word and not take you to jail that day, but you will later receive a warrant for your arrest notification after the police have tested the substance they found. Unfortunately, sometimes that warrant letter does not come until three to nine months following the search, so some people think the police have forgotten about it and are unpleasantly surprised later when they realize there is a warrant for their arrest from the incident. You can request that the police obtain a search warrant, and assert your right to silence if police come to your door on a knock and talk.
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We truly care about what happens to our clients, both in court and in life. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation to discuss your marijuana possession defense. We have offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Paw Paw.
* Police Force Drug Units
- The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET) investigations
- Southwest Michigan Enforcement Team (SWET) raids and investigations
- Grand Rapids Metropolitan Drug Team raids and investigations
- SWAT team raids and investigations
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raids and investigations
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raids and investigations
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raids and investigations
- Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) raids and investigations
- Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) raids and investigations
- Michigan State Police, Metropolitan Enforcement Drug Team (MSP-MET) raids and investigations
- Western Michigan Enforcement Team (WEMET) raids and investigations
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