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Defending yourself against marijuana charges in North Carolina

Drug offenses are serious regardless of your location, but southern states like North Carolina take an especially aggressive approach to drug charges. While each case is unique, the best way to combat such charges is by taking an equally aggressive approach to building a defense, particularly when a case has extenuating circumstances. Since marijuana is one of the most heavily-used substances in the United States, it's important to understand the possible consequences when trying to build a good defense.

Most states take a somewhat lenient approach to marijuana possession and North Carolina is no exception. Possession of one half ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor incurring a fine of $200. One half to one and a half ounces is a bit more serious and can result in one to 45 days of jail time along with a $1,000 fine. Possessing one and a half ounces to 10 pounds of marijuana is a felony and can mean jail time of three to eight months as well as a fine of $1,000.

Felony charges of trafficking marijuana are much more severe and can result in significant jail time and massive fines depending upon the amount of the substance involved. The best way to defend yourself against any drug charge is consulting with legal experts, and this is especially the case for trafficking charges, which can alter the landscape of one's life in far-reaching ways. It typically takes an experienced team to sort through the facts surrounding the case and come up with a viable defense.

Education is a key factor in beating drug charges in North Carolina as it gives defendants the tools to understand the legal process. To learn more about creating a successful defense against drug charges, we invite you to browse our informational web page on North Carolina drug offenses.

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