Attitudes about marijuana use have become more accepting with some states legalizing recreational use. Many people think that they will not be charged if found in possession of marijuana. However, in North Carolina, even a small amount of marijuana in your possession leads to hefty fines and a criminal record.
For many, especially those whose education or employment depends on a clean record, even a simple possession charge can be devastating.
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Marijuana Offenses In North Carolina: Understanding The Consequences
Because of the legal changes going on around the country, you may be wondering if marijuana is legal and, if not, what the consequences are for possession and sale of marijuana. Below are some of the common charges and their typical consequences:
- Possession of less than one-half ounce: Misdemeanor with $200 fine
- Possession of more than one-half ounce, but less than one and a half ounces: Misdemeanor with a fine up to $1,500 and incarceration for up to 45 days
- Possession of greater than one and a half ounces: Felony with up to eight months of incarceration
- Possession of paraphernalia: Misdemeanor with $200 fine and up to 20 days in jail
- Intent to sell: Felony with up to two years of incarceration
Even the most innocuous of marijuana crimes causes major damage to your future career prospects, your ability to get a mortgage and your position in future court matters.
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