Protecting Those Charged With Pot Related Crimes – North Carolina Cannabis Possession Lawyers
The trend in many states is toward decriminalizing marijuana possession and other pot related crimes through laws that have legalized medical marijuana. Two states recently have even legalized cannabis for personal use. Despite this liberalization of marijuana laws throughout the U.S., North Carolina has not joined in this movement to fully decriminalize marijuana. If you are arrested for marijuana possession in Raleigh or throughout North Carolina, you can face very serious penalties. Under North Carolina law, possession of any quantity of marijuana is still a criminal offense within the state.
Severe Consequences of a Weed Possession Conviction in North Carolina
The severity of penalties for pot possession is based on the quantity of the drug in your possession when you are arrested. While it is natural to be anxious if you face punishment for possession of pot, this criminal statutes only tells part of the story because there are many other consequences and penalties that may flow from a criminal conviction if you are arrested with marijuana including:
Public record of a misdemeanor or felony conviction
Loss of certain constitutional rights for felony convictions (i.e. voting and gun ownership)
Even these other formal consequences that flow from a marijuana possession conviction do not provide a complete picture of how one’s life may be affected by a conviction for a pot possession crime. The criminal record you receive can haunt you for years and impact many aspects of your life including employment opportunities, security clearance access, qualification for professional and certain occupational licensing, immigration consequences like removal, denial of student loans and other adverse effects.
If you are facing criminal charges because you were arrested with weed, our experienced North Carolina marijuana possession lawyers may also employ a range of other defense strategies depending on the specific facts of your case, which include the following:
Attacking Evidence of “Possession”: Even if you were arrested with the drugs in your jacket pocket, office, vehicle or close proximity to your person, this does not mean that the drugs did not belong to someone else. We may be able to provide evidence that others had access to where the cannabis was discovered and argue that you did not know that the drugs were present.
Fourth Amendment Challenges to Searches: There are many reasons that a search may be improper based on violations of Fourth Amendment protections. The police may conduct a search without a warrant based on a claimed exception to the warrant requirement that is not justified by the facts. The officers may claim that they did not have time to obtain a warrant because it might have resulted in the destruction of evidence. If the officers have already secured the scene when conducting the search, the claim of “exigent circumstances” may be attacked because there is no longer a basis to claim that the risk of the loss of evidence exists.
Anyone arrested for cannabis offenses in Raleigh or the surrounding areas should immediately speak with a Raleigh cannabis possession attorney. We offer a confidential consultation that is free of charge so that we can evaluate your case and suggest potential defense strategies. Please contact the Law offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486 or email us so that we can start defending your freedom and reputation. We can also discuss the North Carolina expungement process when you call.