Marijuana, or commonly known as weed, is a controlled substance in the state of New York, which means any possession, selling, manufacturing, or cultivating of marijuana will be considered illegal in New York. In accordance with New York Penal Law Article 221, if you get caught and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, you can face fines of up to $15,000 and jail time of up to 15 years depending on the amount (weight) of marijuana you possess.
When you are charged and found guilty of possession of marijuana, you may also face serious consequences regarding your immigration status as a non-citizen. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) Section 237, subsection 2(B), the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (USCIS) has the right to deport you for offenses involving a controlled substance, such as marijuana. Moreover, they can also choose to deport you if they consider you as a drug abuser or a drug addict. Therefore, if you want to eliminate collateral consequences, you need to be extra cautious when handling your case and fighting against your charges.
If you or anyone you know has been arrested for possession of marijuana, please contact an attorney experienced in immigration and criminal law for legal assistance. I am an experienced attorney who has successfully handled many cases in this area. Call me today to schedule a free initial consultation! I will review your case thoroughly and provide you with the most favorable solution.