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Unlawful possession of marijuana (UPM) in NYC

What is a NYC UPM?

NYC Penal Law 221.05 is a NY state law that also applies in the City of New York. Unlawful possession of marijuana, commonly known as UPM, makes it unlawful to possess small amounts of marijuana – less than 25 grams – in NYC. This includes actual marijuana, stems, seeds, joints, and residue in a pipe or bong. 

Typically NYC UPM is charged when a person is in a public park in New York City and is smoking marijuana or rolling a joint. It can also be charged after a motor vehicle stop for a traffic infraction and marijuana is found. If you are looking to avoid all of the problems a NYC UMP conviction will cause, don’t delay call our NYCmarijuana defense lawyers now!

Our NYC UPM attorneys appear in all boroughs of NYC, including Bronx, Richmond County (Staten Island), Kings County (Brooklyn), New York County (Manhattan) and Queens.

When marijuana is found in a vehicle you are in, you can be charged with NYCUPM even if the marijuana was not in your pocket. It could have been in the vehicle’s ashtray or in another public area of the vehicle’s passenger compartment. The standard of review as to possession of marijuana for a NYC UPM is whether the marijuana was “reachable” or “grabbable” by you.

Pleading guilty to a NYC UPM

Do not plead guilty to a NYC UPM! It creates a permanent criminal record which you may have to disclose to employers and on student loan applications. Plus, a conviction is a public record so it is discoverable on a criminal history check.

Fighting the NYC UPM

When you hire our NYC UPM defense lawyers and attorneys, you get a law firm that practices exclusively ticketable offenses THROUGHOUT the City of New York. We go to all boroughs and all criminal courts of NYC to fight your UPM charge.

There are a lot of nuances which are present when the charge is filed on a ticket rather than a custodial arrest, and you want an expert who knows how to prepare a case and find all of the weaknesses in the paperwork. This gives you the most leverage to get your UPM case dismissed.    

If you received a NYC UPM Ticket and do not want to represent yourself in court we can represent you!Don’t delay! Call our marijuana defense lawyers for a no cost, no obligation phone consultation now!

One way we can get your NYC UPM case dismissed is by adjudication contemplating dismissal, commonly known as an “ACD.” However, to get a NYC UMP dismissed by ACD, there are very specific procedural hurdles you must jump. Our NYC UMP lawyers know those hurdles like the back of our hand. This skill, knowledge, and professionalism give you the best chance of having your UPM charge dismissed. 

When our clients are granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal the court monitors them and, so long as they do not get arrested over the following year the case is set back on the court calendar for a dismissal. When this happens you don’t even have to go back to court we will go for you.

We have represented and will represent first time and repeat offenders charged with UPM.  We have successfully appeared in all courts in NYC to defend UPM charges. Often times we can get our clients personal appearance waived.

If you are confused by how to defend your NYC UPM Ticket and the laws surrounding how to get it dismissed, don’t go it alone! Call our NYC UPM defense lawyers and attorneys now for a no cost, no obligation phone consultation!



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