Experienced Defense For Those Facing Marijuana Cultivation Charges
While attitudes toward marijuana are loosening throughout the nation, in the state of Minnesota it is still a crime to do a variety of things with the drug, including being involved with its cultivation. As is the case with many drug crimes, the penalties associated with a conviction for this crime can be harsh. Matthew J. Mankey from the Mankey Law Office understands how a conviction for drug cultivation can negatively impact your future.
If you are charged with cultivating marijuana you could be charged in state or federal court, and in addition to fines you could face incarceration. Each jurisdiction has its own charging and sentencing guidelines, which take into consideration the size of the grow operation.
Penalties For A Conviction In A State Court
Just how severe the potential penalties for a conviction are in state court depends on the weight of the plants found. The heavier the aggregate weight of the plants, the more serious the punishment. Misdemeanor charges could lead to a fine of $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail, while the most serious felony could result in a fine of $1 million and 30 years in prison.
Penalties For A Conviction In Federal Court
In federal court, the determining factor in the sentence for someone found guilty of marijuana cultivation is a bit different. Rather than the weight of the plants, it is based on the number of plants. Fines can range from $250,000 to $1 million and incarceration from five years to life.
Take Action To Protect Your Future
Charges connected to growing or cultivating marijuana should be taken seriously. Attorney Matthew Mankey understands that if you have been charged with a drug crime you have a lot to lose. If you are in Minneapolis or the western suburbs, call the Mankey Law Office at 612-424-9454 to speak to a lawyer, or send an email to schedule a free initial consultation.