212-300-5196

Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Why Choose Us

Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.

Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.

We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.

Spodek
Law in the Media

View All

Meet Todd Spodek

WE PROVIDE WHITE GLOVE SERVICE TO CLIENTS
WHO WANT MORE FROM THEIR ATTORNEY

The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

Long Island Marijuana Possession Lawyer

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 12, 2023)

Last Updated on: 12th October 2023, 07:55 pm

Long Island Marijuana Possession Lawyer

Possession of marijuana in the state of New York can be somewhat confusing for residents. New York City may be a bit more tolerant with possession than what is the case in other localities. A person arrested on Long Island cannot very well expect the same exact treatment as would be the case in New York City. Different local regulations are in place.

Additionally, the amount of marijuana found on the person at the time of arrest factors into the charges to be filed. A small amount of marijuana may be easy to defend in court. An amount that reached “intent to distribute” levels, of course, would be a far more serious crime. Such a crime would require an equally more serious approach to defense.

Levels of Crimes in New York State

The state of New York does not look at marijuana as harshly as it does other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. As previously noted, how much the person possesses and whether there is intent to sell factor into the charges and penalties. With possession, a person can be charged with a violation, a misdemeanor, or a felony. The specific laws and penalties related to possession of marijuana are found in the New York Criminal Code.

Marijuana Possession and Violations

A violation in New York state is, in essence, an infraction not related to a traffic incident. The maximum penalty imposed cannot exceed 15 days. Marijuana possession-related violations are clearly defined in the penal code as possessing 25 grams or less on one’s person. The first offense is a fine of $100. Those convicted of a second and third offense find their fine increases to $200 and $250.

These fines are the maximum amount allowed by law. An attorney could negotiate a potentially lower amount. Fines, however, might not be the thing to worry the most about. With a third offense, the most ominous part would be the potential for a maximum sentence of up to 15 days in jail. Hiring experienced counsel when faced with possible jail time would be in the best interest of the defendant.

The possibility exists to seal non-criminal violations one year after the actual conviction. Additionally, more serious possession of marijuana convictions could be sealed three years after conviction provided the amount was less than 7/8’s of an ounce. Sealing a conviction is a bit like an expungement in the sense the records can never be seen by anyone. Once a conviction record is sealed, the incident is more easily put in the past.

While the average person may only be looking at violations, others may be looking at more onerous possession charges.

Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

Marijuana can be charged as a misdemeanor B or a misdemeanor A. A misdemeanor B entails possession of more than 25 grams of marijuana or any amount in public view. This charge comes with a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum jail sentence of three months. With a misdemeanor A, the amount must be more than two ounces up to eight ounces. A possible one-year jail term and a maximum $1,000 fine hang over the head of a defendant. Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction means a criminal record that might never be shaken for the rest of the person’s life.

When facing misdemeanor charges, retaining a qualified defense counsel might be the only way to reduce the disastrous impact of harsh sentencing. Predicting how a judge or district attorney will act cannot be done. However, it is safe to say qualified representation would be in the best interests of the defendant.

Felony Marijuana Possession

At the felony level, a defendant looks at much more serious penalties. The chances of doing time in jail increase an, in some instances, may be totally unavoidable.

Felony penalties do not go easy on defendants. Possession of 8 ounces to 16 ounces is a Class E Felony and presents a maximum fine of $5,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 4 years. Possession of 16 ounces to 10 pounds is a Class D Felony and presents a maximum fine of $5,000 and a maximum prison sentence of 7 years. Possession of any amount over 10 pounds is a Class C Felony. The maximum fine of $15,000 also comes with a potential maximum prison term of 15 years.

Those convicted of marijuana possession felonies for a second time face mandatory prison time.

The Best Attorney and the Best Defense

Those arrested on marijuana possession charges in Long Island or elsewhere in New York state positively must hire the best attorney to represent them in court. This is true even when the charge is a “mere” violation.

Finding oneself in legal trouble is always a serious matter. So be very serious when it comes to hiring the best possible criminal defense attorney.

Free Consultation

Testimonials

I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me, and my company Qumana skincare feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.

NYC

85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004

212-300-5196

get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005

212-300-5196

get directions

QUEENS

35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106

212-300-5196

get directions

BROOKLYN

195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

212-300-5196

get directions
Call Now!