Marijuana Crime Lawyer in Wilmington
Consult with a Powerful Criminal Defense Attorney Today
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
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Call (910) 595-1377 or
contact our office online today to get started towards building your defense.
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
- 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
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.
Schedule your free consultation online to discover your defense options in full.