Possession of Marijuana
Fortunately for you, possession of Mary Jane isn’t super drastic. Of all the drug offenses in North Carolina, such as, selling or distributing, trafficking, or cultivating, a possession charge is the least serious drug charge. Possession of more than 1.5 oz of pot is a felony and possession of less than 1.5 oz of marijuana is a misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a charge dealing with the possession of weed these are the penalties you may encounter:
- 0.5 oz or less: no jail time and a fine of up to $200
- 0.5 – 1.5 oz: 1-45 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- 1.5 oz – 10 lbs: 3-8 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
As you can see possession of marijuana can have serious fines, or probation, or even worse jail time! Though a conviction of less than 0.5 oz may not have extremely serious punishments but you will want to consider hiring a lawyer in Salisbury, or Charlotte, North Carolina to help fight your charge considering what the effect of the conviction will be on your criminal record. In addition we can advise you if you are eligible for a conditional discharge under a §90-96 drug program or a deferred prosecution agreement. Both of which would keep your criminal record clean. If convicted you may qualify for an expungement.
Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia
Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is treated the same as possession of marijuana when it is 0.5 oz or less. This makes possession of marijuana paraphernalia a Class 3 misdemeanor. Additionally, possession of other types of drug paraphernalia is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is more serious that the possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Generally any of the following can be considered paraphernalia:
- Rolling papers
- Roach clips
We Defend Against the Following Marijuana Charges:
- Possession of 0.5 oz or less
- Possession of 0.5 -1.5 oz
- Paraphernalia offenses
- Marijuana charges that arose out of a driving while under the influence arrest
We all make mistakes. Our lawyers aren’t here to judge, we’re here to defend and whether you’re a college student or a senior citizen, The Polaris Law Firm can competently defend you against marijuana charges. The consequences of a conviction far outweigh the price of hiring a criminal defense attorney. The best thing you can do is to contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help.