Law change

If I was charged with possession of drugs marijuana when I was
arrested but my stated passed a new law before my court date
which law will the court go off of.

Asked on October 8, 2017 under Criminal Law, New Hampshire


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You will be subject to the law that was in effect when you were arrested/charged because the new law cannot be retroactive.  A law that has a retroactive or retrospective effect is an ex post facto law which is unconstitutional.

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