CRIMINAL DEFENSEMarijuana Possession

WHAT WE DOPossession of marijuana can be a serious charge

Marijuana charges can often, and erroneously, be underrated and not taken seriously. Defendants may not take it seriously until it is too late and they have lost reputation, school aid, school admissions, jobs and other opportunities. Though the drug goes by many different names, possession of marijuana is a crime that carries a wide range of punishments and consequences in the state of North Carolina.

What you need to know about penalties associated with marijuana drug convictions

Depending on the weight, presence of paraphernalia, and the intended use of the drug, marijuana possession may be considered a felony or misdemeanor. However, it is critical that individuals understand the seriousness of a marijuana possession charge.

  • If convicted on a marijuana possession charge, the outcome stays on your criminal record forever.
  • A conviction can affect your ability to get a job, obtain a mortgage, etc. Essentially, it can cause you to lose many opportunities throughout your life.
  • Some convictions may lead to a fine and probation; others may lead to jail time.

Experienced criminal defense for Gastonia, Charlotte and surrounding areas

At our law firm, criminal defense attorney Ron Shook has defended against marijuana possession and sale and other drug charges. He knows the laws and procedures and thoroughly understands how to negotiate with prosecutors and present cases to judges and juries.

As a result, he may get charges reduced or even dismissed because, for instance, officers failed to have a valid reason for conducting the stop or search or because they are unable to prove that you were in possession of the drug.

Important advice about your right to remain silent

Before talking to anyone, reach out to a lawyer first. If law enforcement officials try to talk to you about your marijuana possession charge or drug use – stay silent and reach out to our firm.

They often will attempt to extract incorrect statements from you that can be twisted and used against you, even if you were trying to defend yourself or explain the situation.

Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help you. Call 704-671-2390 or email our Gastonia office.

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