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Salt Lake Marijuana Defense Attorney - Utah Criminal Lawyer

Marijuana possession charges in the Salt Lake area can result in jail time, losing your driver license, and more. As a seasoned Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer, Stephen Howard has successfully defended clients facing charges for drug possession, cultivation, distribution, drug free zone violations, and more. He has the experience necessary to help give you the best chance at success in your case. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

Criminal Charges for Marijuana Possession in Utah

While some states have legalized medical marijuana, and other states have even legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, Utah law still considers possession of marijuana to be a criminal offense. Under Utah criminal law, to support a criminal charge for marijuana possession, a prosecutor must present evidence that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the marijuana. Evidence that the defendant had a prescription for marijuana from another state, or was traveling from a state where recreational marijuana was legal may be beneficial in the plea bargaining process. But such evidence is not relevant to the issue of guilt or innocence in a trial for marijuana possession.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Utah

Simple possession of marijuana begins at the class B misdemeanor level (punishable by up to six months in jail). A drug free zone enhancement can increase the maximum potential penalty to one year in jail. Distribution, cultivation, or even possession with the intent to distribute can result in felony charges an possible prison time.

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If you are facing prosecution for marijuana or other drug charges in the Salt Lake area, contact us now to arrange for an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard. See what an experienced criminal attorney can do for your case.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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