Westchester County Changes Marijuana Prosecutions

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced that they will no longer be prosecuting some marijuana offenses. This change includes possession of two ounces or less of marijuana. Violations for marijuana possession such as Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana such as Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the 5th degree will be prosecuted as violations.

Westchester County is now following other jurisdictions regarding how marijuana cases are handled from the marijuana arrest to prosecution. This also follows New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York State.

Prior Marijuana Convictions

If you have a prior marijuana possession conviction there is now a strong basis to have that marijuana conviction removed from your record. In the past this was a difficult process but now with the policy change by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office it is more likely to have those convictions removed.

At the law office of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP, we have made applications to the Courts in Westchester County to remove marijuana convictions from our client’s records. This was usually necessary to protect an individual from immigration consequences, qualification for federal student loans and/or for employment purposes.

Under the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office new policy those applications to remove marijuana convictions from an individual's record will be much easier than before.

If you want to remove an old marijuana conviction from your record contact the White Plains law firm of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP they are published authors in the area of drug defense and criminal law in general they have the experience and resources to remove old marijuana convictions.

What needs to be done to remove an old marijuana conviction?

The marijuana defense attorneys at Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP will need to discuss the facts of your prior case. This may include obtaining old paperwork from the specific court. The attorneys will do an interview of the client and then prepare a motion to remove the conviction to the specific court. The case is usually re-calendered and may or may not require a court appearance.

If you are seeking to remove an old marijuana conviction call our office today for a free initial consultation. We have office in White Plains, Peekskill ,New York, New York. You can also schedule a telephone conference by calling (914) 946-4808.