In North Carolina, possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana is a Class 3 misdemeanor. A Class 3 conviction can carry costs, fines, and possibly jail time if it is not your first conviction or if the charge is in concert with other charges.
However, if it is your first time, you have options. You may be eligible for certain deferral programs mandated by the State of North Carolina, which can lead to a dismissal after completing a substance abuse assessment and recommended treatments.
If it is not your first charge, a criminal defense lawyer may be able to negotiate a deal with the assistant district attorney leading to a dismissal, or may be able to reach a plea agreement where some charges are dismissed if others are plead to.
You may even choose to contest your charges through a bench trial. A defense attorney can advise you on the benefits and risks of trial, and whether he or she recommends you fight the charges.
For a free consultation on your misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, contact the Durham criminal defense attorneys at Guirguis Law at (919) 832-0500. We will honestly advise you of your available avenues for a dismissal, plea deal, or trial.