If you're a first time offender in Wake County there are some great deferral programs if you're charged with "possess marijuana up to 1/2 Oz." My law firm handles a lot of these cases and can help you evaluate whether or not a deferral program makes sense in your case. Often you could have some great legal reasons why you're not guilty (i.e. arresting officer did not have probable cause to detain you). We handle marijuana and other drug cases in Wake County from our office located in Cary.