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Answers to some of the common questions that Ed gets when he first meets with a client about a marijuana charge are below.
Marijuana Possession (up to 1 year in jail) or Use of Marijuana (up to 93 days in jail) are both serious charges because:
It can result in jail
It can result in a permanent record
It can result in fines in excess of $1,000.00, sometimes approaching $2,000.00
It can result in ineligibility for federal student loans
It can result in a suspension of your driver's license for 6 months to 1 year.
With that being said, there is a special provision in the Michigan Drug Code commonly referred to as "7411" that if you are eligible to receive, and if the Judge agrees to grant to you, often times results in:
No up front jail
No permanent record
No bar on federal student loans
No driver license sanctions
The simple explanation is that to be eligible, you can't have any prior drug offenses on your record.
But, even if you are eligible, the Judge always has the final say whether you receive 7411 and all the above benefits, so you want to make sure you ready to meet the Judge's standard for eligibility.
In Clinton County, that means passing a drug test.
Jackson, Jackson & Hayes can fill in more details if you choose to meet with us.