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What happens if I get caught with pot in North Carolina?

States across the country are increasingly legalizing marijuana. There are currently 29 states that permit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and nine that allow its use recreationally. These numbers will probably continue to rise.

Nonetheless, in North Carolina there are currently no broad laws that legalize the use of marijuana. And while marijuana isn't in the same class as cocaine or methamphetamines, it would be wrong to assume that penalties for marijuana possession are lenient.

In this post we'll examine one of the most basic drug charges you could face involving marijuana: simple possession. If you get caught with even a small amount of marijuana, you could face steep fees and incarceration:

  • 0.5 ounces or less: misdemeanor--up to $200 in fines
  • 0.5 - 1.5 ounces: misdemeanor--up to $1,000 in fines and 45 days in jail
  • 1.5 ounces - 10 pounds: felony--up to $1,000 in fines and 8 months in jail

In addition, it's important to remember that once you get arrested for marijuana possession--even if you're not subsequently charged or convicted--it goes on your permanent criminal record. Anyone in the general public can access your criminal history whenever they conduct a background check on you.

Having a criminal record can be destructive to your future, because it never expires, and it can limit your ability to get accepted to school, get a job or get a loan. The only way to get rid of your criminal record is through expunction.

If you're facing a drug-related charge, it's important to consult with a criminal defense attorney who's well versed in drug crimes. The state of North Carolina takes drug offenses seriously, but having an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf can make all the difference.

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