On Thursday, fifty-five-year-old (55) John Patterson was charged with possession of marijuana after Mesa Police found him in a dumpster. When Officers found him, Mr. Patterson told them he was looking for a thermos he had dropped inside the dumpster. Police conducted a search of Mr. Patterson and found marijuana and a glass pipe in his pockets. When Officers arrested him, Mr. Patterson had a warrant for trespassing and had a criminal record that included loitering, burglary and concealing a weapon without a permit.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3405, “A person shall not knowingly: (1) Possess or use marijuana . . . .” Under Arizona law, a person with marijuana not possessed for sale in an amount less than two (2) pounds may be found guilty of a Class 6 Felony. The penalties for marijuana possession may not include jail time for a first or second offense, but will likely at minimum include steep fines and probation. However, a person with previous criminal convictions may face up to one (1) year in prison for marijuana possession not intended for sale.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession, contact the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your criminal case.