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Charged With Marijuana Possession in South Dakota? Penalties Could Be Severe

Jeff Cole
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9/12/2014
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If you think charges of marijuana possession are no big deal, it’s time to think again. Although some states are seeing major changes in how police handle marijuana possession, South Dakota still enforces marijuana laws and penalizes those who grow, possess, or distribute the drug. In fact, the penalties for possession can be very severe, even if the accused did not sell or produce the drug.

How Marijuana Possession Charges Work in South Dakota

South Dakota looks at the amount of the drug the accused possessed and imposes certain penalties based on that amount and other circumstances in the case. Although every case is a little different, here is a quick overview of what you might expect from marijuana possession charges:

  • Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is generally treated as a misdemeanor charge.
  • Possession of more than two ounces is generally treated as a felony, and penalties increase in severity with the amount of the drug you were found with.
  • Possession of other drugs in addition to marijuana can complicate your case and create additional strict penalties.

Don’t Let a Marijuana Charge Wreck Your Future—Start Getting Informed Today

Even possessing a small amount of marijuana or giving a small amount of the drug to a friend can land you in major trouble in South Dakota, so it’s important to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your options. For more information, or to get started today, simply reach out to our Sioux Falls legal team by phone or via the confidential contact form on this page.



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