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Marijuana Crime Lawyer in Wilmington

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Although public attitudes and laws in many states regarding marijuana have changed drastically in recent years, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule VI illegal controlled substance under the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act. Possessing, selling, using, cultivating, or trafficking marijuana or its concentrates are all still illegal within the Tar Heel State and can expose defendants to serious criminal consequences upon conviction. If you have been charged with a marijuana-related offense you need a powerful advocate on your side who can contest the evidence against you and guard your future and freedom. You need Wilmington Criminal Defense Attorney James F. Rutherford on your side.

Why trust our firm to handle your case?

  • Certified Specialist in Criminal Law
  • More than a decade of legal experience
  • Included in Super Lawyers® Rising Starsâ„ 
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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Marijuana Possession Defense in North Carolina

Exact penalties for the possession of cannabis in North Carolina will vary depending on the amount found within a defendant’s possession, the intended use of the drug, and whether or not paraphernalia was present at the time of arrest. Possession of 0.5 ounces or less is classified as a Class 3 misdemeanor and can carry a maximum fine of $200. Possessing more than 0.5 but less than 1.5 ounces is escalated to a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying up to 45 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines for a first offense. Finally, possessing more than 1.5 ounces but less than 10 pounds can be charged as a Class I felony, carrying up to 8 months in jail up on conviction.

In addition to immediate criminal consequences, a drug crime conviction can stay on your criminal record forever, affecting your ability to get a job, obtain a mortgage, or receive licenses in certain fields. For this reason, regardless of the specifics, any marijuana-related charge is a serious matter and must be handled by an experienced Wilmington drug crime attorney in order to be successfully defended against.

We may be able to advocate for a dismissal or reduction of your charges if:

  • The police did not have a valid reason to stop you
  • The police did not have sufficient reason to search you, your home, or your vehicle
  • You did not voluntarily consent to a search or the officer exceeded the scope of your consent
  • The officer cannot prove that you were in possession

Tenaciously Defending Your Rights

At James Rutherford, Attorney at Law, we understand how frightening it can be to be charged with a crime, especially if you have never had a run-in with the law before. Whether you have been arrested for marijuana possession, sale, trafficking, or even driving under the influence of marijuana, our powerful Wilmington criminal defense attorney can provide the aggressive counsel you need to ensure your constitutional rights are protected. With personalized support, strategic negotiations with the prosecution, and an uncompromising dedication to preserving your wellbeing, our firm has what it takes to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case.

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