It can be a very scary experience to be accused by authorities of possessing marijuana. One question a person may have in the face of such allegations is: how serious of charges could I face in relation to the accusations?
Many different things play a role in how severe a charge is. One is whether the charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. While all types of charges can be impactful, the consequences associated with felony charges can be particularly severe.
Here in North Carolina, whether a person accused of marijuana possession will face a misdemeanor or a felony charge is generally dictated by how much marijuana the person is accused of having possessed. In the state, possession of less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor, while possession exceeding 1.5 ounces is a felony. The potential jail time a person could face is quite a bit higher for felony marijuana possession than is the case for misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Consequently, in cases involving marijuana possession allegations, the amount of alleged marijuana involved can be a very significant issue. Thus, in marijuana possession cases, one of the things it can be very important to do is review the evidence authorities have regarding how much marijuana was allegedly possessed to see if there are any weaknesses or problems with the evidence. Criminal defense attorneys can look over this type of evidence and other evidence types for marijuana possession defendants to see if there are any grounds to request that the charges a defendant is facing be reduced or dropped.
Source: FindLaw, “North Carolina Marijuana Laws,” Accessed July 30, 2014