While New York City is backing down from arresting and prosecuting individuals for low level #Marijuana offenses due in part to a wide racial gap in arrest, #NassauCounty and #SuffolkCounty law enforcement officials have made clear they will not. Nassau and Suffolk will continue to enforce the laws in place, despite the far higher rates of #arrest for minorities, until New York State changes its laws on Marijuana.
In the meantime, individuals arrested for a low level Marijuana offense, may face a criminal record as well as #incarceration and/or fines. A #misdemeanor marijuana arrest could also keep individuals from obtaining jobs, housing, and student loans. However, for individuals who have not previously been arrested for, inter alia, an offense involving a #controlledsubstance – you may be eligible for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in cases involving marijuana, pursuant to #CriminalProcedureLaw section 170.56. Meaning no #criminalrecord.
In this instant, if successful such as by not being re-arrested, after a total period of an adjournment which shall not exceed twelve months, your case will be deemed to have been dismissed in the furtherance of justice, the arrest and prosecution shall be deemed a nullity, and the individual shall be restored, in contemplation of law, to the status he or she occupied before their arrest and prosecution.
If you, or someone you know is arrested for a marijuana offense, or any other #crime — be sure to give us a call! #AJSLAW #CriminalDefense #CriminalLawyer #CriminalAttorney #attorney #attorneyadvertisement #NY #LI #criminallaw #criminaljusticesystem