Although many states in the U.S. have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana—Hawaii being one such state—the fact remains that all other uses of this drug remain illegal. You would be arrested if you were caught possessing, cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana. In fact, Hawaii Revised Statutes §329-14 still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I substance.
Even possessing small amounts of cannabis could land you in jail for up to 30 days, so it would be wise to contact a Honolulu criminal lawyer as soon as you have been arrested. The Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC has defended thousands of criminally accused clients over the last two decades, so you can count on us to provide the aggressive defense that you need.
If you are arrested for marijuana possession in Hawaii, the penalties will depend on the amount of cannabis that was uncovered—as smaller amounts will result in lesser penalties.
The penalties for marijuana possession are varied, as possessing less than one ounce is only a petty misdemeanor, while possessing 25 pounds or more is a Class A felony.
In addition to possessing marijuana, it is also a crime to cultivate (grow) it. The penalties for cultivating marijuana will depend on the number of plants that were found.
Cultivating marijuana on someone else's property without their permission could result in even harsher penalties—especially if it is government-owned. In fact, it is a Class B felony.
Hawaii has strict laws regulating the use and sale of drug paraphernalia. You could face separate and additional charges if you were found to be in possession of paraphernalia. This includes anything that could be used to grow, harvest, process, sell, store or use marijuana. Simply possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class C felony, punishable by five years in prison.
If you are caught selling drug paraphernalia to a minor (someone who is younger than 18), and you are at least three years older than the minor, you could be charged with a Class B felony. This is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Advertising drug paraphernalia is also a crime in Hawaii. This offense is a Class C felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Have you been arrested for a drug crime in Hawaii? If so, you should waste no time in contacting the Honolulu criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Victor Bakke, ALC. Having won more than 3,000 criminal cases, Victor Bakke is well-equipped to provide the aggressive defense that you need. Call our office now for the help that you need!
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