Michigan has just joined the ranks of states that have legalized marijuana in some form. Although this is great news for those who support legalization, it may also present some challenges for those who have been convicted of marijuana-related offenses in the past. In this blog post, we will discuss how Michigan’s new marijuana laws may affect your conviction. We will also provide information on how to get your conviction expunged or reduced if you are affected by these changes. For expert legal counsel in your criminal drug cases, you can always count on the team at the Law Offices Of Barton Morris. Reach out to us today to learn more about current marijuana laws and how we may be able to help with your convictions.
If you have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense in Michigan, you may be wondering how the state’s new laws will affect your conviction. Unfortunately, under the new laws, convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana are still punishable by time in jail or fines. However, there are some ways that you may be able to get your conviction expunged or reduced.
Reducing Your Conviction
If you were convicted of possession of marijuana prior to the passage of Michigan’s new laws, you may be eligible for a “set-aside” of your conviction. A set aside is a process whereby your conviction is erased from your record. In order to be eligible for a set-aside, you must meet certain criteria, such as not having been convicted of any other crimes and not being currently charged with any crimes.
If you are not eligible for a set-aside, you may still be able to have your conviction reduced. This is known as “reclassification.” Reclassification means that your conviction will be changed from a felony to a misdemeanor. In order to be eligible for reclassification, you must have been convicted of possession of marijuana in an amount that would now be legal under Michigan’s new laws.
Expunging Your Conviction
If you are not eligible for a set-aside or reclassification, you may still be able to have your conviction expunged. Expungement is a process whereby your criminal record is sealed from public view. In order to be eligible for expungement, you must meet certain criteria, such as completing your sentence and not having been convicted of any other crimes.
If you have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense in Michigan, the state’s new laws may affect your conviction. However, there are ways that you may be able to get your conviction expunged or reduced. For expert legal counsel in your criminal drug cases, you can always count on the team at the Law Offices Of Barton Morris. Reach out to us today to learn more about current marijuana laws and how we may be able to help with your convictions. We are here to help and always happy to answer any questions you may have.
Attorney Morris is trial lawyer who has been providing high-quality legal representation in the areas of state and federal criminal defense for more than 20 years. He’s known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he’s dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is always prepared to successfully take on complex legal issues. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.
Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society, and is the only forensic lawyer-scientist in Michigan. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He’s also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.
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