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The State’s Changing Drug Laws Can Be Confusing

Marijuana policy reform in West Virginia is still evolving. While the medical use of marijuana is now legal, there are delays in implementing the policy. Qualified medical patients are not permitted to grow their own cannabis. They must get their medical marijuana prescribed by a physician. Physicians must certify and register their patients for the prescription in the form of pills, gels, oils, tinctures, creams and other forms. While vaping is allowed to ingest medical cannabis, smoking it is not legal. A registered patient is protected from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana.

However, because there is still much confusion around the laws, a physician could get arrested for an improper prescription. Patients and their caregivers could be sentenced to up to six months in jail for possessing more than the permissible amount. If you are contending with medical marijuana or any other type of drug charge, contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to defend your rights.

I am defense attorney John J. Balenovich. At John J. Balenovich Law Offices, LC, I use my experience as a defense attorney and a former prosecutor to aggressively defend clients in Charleston and throughout West Virginia.

Protect Your Rights With A Defense Built By A Former Prosecutor

The penalties for drug crimes can be overwhelming. As a former prosecutor, I have experience working in the narcotics unit and gang prosecution. I know how the other side thinks. When I develop your defense, I work to anticipate and dismantle the prosecution’s arguments. Because I understand how prosecutors approach drug crimes, I know how to build a criminal defense strategy that suits your case’s unique circumstances and has the strongest likelihood of obtaining a beneficial outcome. I may bring in an expert witness and other information supporting your case.

You deserve an attorney who has a proven track record of success, whether you are a college student without a record or have been convicted of previous offenses. I have successfully defended clients from a wide variety of criminal charges ranging from misdemeanor DUIs to homicide.

I can help if you are facing drug crime charges for controlled substances — marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, pharmaceuticals and others — including:

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Manufacturing charges
  • Distribution or dispensing charges

I will also defend your case for drug-related crimes such as aggravated assault, burglary, fraud or prostitution.

Contact My Office For Defense Of Controlled Substances Charges

If you have been stopped along the interstate highway in your car or commercial truck or while you were in your boat, you have protected rights. Contact my Charleston office today to discuss your controlled substances case, even if you suspect you are being investigated. The earlier you start on building your defense, the better for your case. Call 304-205-1523 or fill out an online intake form.