Despite its legalization for medical purposes, many people in Michigan still find themselves charged with marijuana-related offenses. In these situations, it is always best to consult a capable attorney, who knows the current medical marijuana laws and can help you understand your rights. For example, police officers recently charged a medical marijuana patient with three felony charges for delivery and manufacturing marijuana when they discovered him in possession of 40-50 marijuana plants when the law only allows for 12 plants. While the man was justifiably concerned by theses serious felony charges, which could result in jail time and hefty fines, he also ran the risk of losing his ability to treat his illness if his designation as a qualifying patient was revoked. Therefore, he sought out experienced Michigan medical marijuana defense lawyers and came to DeBruin Law, PLLC.
Attorney Tiffany DeBruin took the man’s case and immediately set to work on his behalf. Through attorney DeBruin’s expansive knowledge of Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act, she filed motions arguing that despite the amount of plants in the man’s possession, which were in various stages of growth, the amount of marijuana he actually had was not sufficient to ensure an uninterrupted supply for his medical needs, which is allowable under the law. Ultimately, she leveraged these motions to negotiate with the prosecution and successfully had the felony marijuana charges reduced to a single misdemeanor offense with the possibility to enroll her client in a diversion program. If the conditions of this program are met and he successfully completes a term of probation, this misdemeanor conviction will not appear on his criminal record, essentially allowing her client to move on with his life without the trappings of multiple felony marijuana convictions.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.