We recently defended a client for a possession of marijuana case in Salem City General District Court. Our client, a college student, was arrested after campus security smelled what they thought was marijuana, which resulted in his shared dorm room being searched. The security officer uncovered various smoking paraphernalia, which was confiscated. A possession of marijuana carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first-time offense. It also carries a mandatory 6-month driver’s license suspension. Since many colleges and universities will suspend a student from school upon conviction of any criminal offense, he was concerned about what his options were.
Attorney Cerid Lugar defended him in court. The case was dismissed on her motion to strike at trial. She presented a defense that the Commonwealth had failed to follow the proper procedure to prove that the residue in the smoking device was marijuana. We are now helping our client with the expungement process so that the charge is off his criminal history.