Unlawful possession of marijuana (UPM) in NY
What is a NY UPM?
Under NY Penal Law §221.05, unlawful possession of marijuana, commonly known as upm, makes it unlawful to possess small amounts of marijuana – less than 25 grams. This not only includes actual marijuana, but seeds, stems, remnants of a joint, and residue in a pipe or bong.
Typically NY UPM is charged after the person is stopped for something else, such a traffic violation, and somehow the marijuana is found. If you are looking to avoid all of the problems a NY UPM conviction will cause. Don’t delay. Call our NY marijuana defense lawyers now!
If you were in a vehicle you can be charged with NY UPM even if the marijuana was not in your pocket. It could have been in the vehicle’s ashtray or in any other public area of the vehicle’s passenger compartment. The standard of review as to NY UPM is whether the weed was “reachable” or “grabbable” by you.
Pleading guilty to a NY UPM
Do not plead guilty to a NY 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 NY UPM
When you hire our NY upm defense lawyers and attorneys, you get a law firm that practices exclusively ticketable offenses. 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 NY 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 UPM case dismissed is by adjudication contemplating dismissal, commonly known as an “ACD.” However, to get a NY upm dismissed by, there are very specific NY procedural hurdles you must jump. Our NY 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 NY State to defend UPM charges. Often times we can get our clients personal appearance waived.
If you are confused by how to defend your NY UPM Ticket and the laws surrounding how to get it dismissed, don’t go it alone! Call our NY UPM defense lawyers and attorneys now for a no cost, no obligation phone consultation!