Though the drug goes by many different names, possession of marijuana is a crime that carries a range of punishments and consequences. If you have been charged with marijuana possession, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney to fully understand your rights and help ensure that they are protected.
Criminal defense attorney Chris Connelly has over 25 years of criminal defense experience, and personally manages each client's case. In that time, he has defended many clients against charges, often getting charges dismissed or reduced before trial. He understands how to present a case in ta persuasive way to the prosecutor and the judge. If you are facing charges, you need to talk to a lawyer with the right experience to protect your rights.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
If you were charged with possession of marijuana, do not talk to police. Talk to your lawyer. Contact our Charlotte firm to arrange a consultation.
Depending on the weight, presence of paraphernalia, and the intended use of the drug, marijuana possession may be considered a felony or misdemeanor. However, it is critical that individuals understand the seriousness of a marijuana possession charge.
- If convicted on a marijuana possession charge, the outcome stays on your criminal record forever.
- A conviction can affect your ability to get a job, obtain a mortgage, etc. Essentially, it can cause you to lose many opportunities throughout your life.
- Some convictions may lead to a fine and probation; others may lead to jail time.
Attorney Connelly is thorough in his investigation of the situation in which you were accused of being in possession of marijuana. He is able to determine if there have been any violations of the search and seizure laws that govern the ways in which law enforcement searches you and your vehicle for possible drug possession. If a violation is discovered, this fact is used as one basis to argue for the dismissal of the charges pending against you.
Right to Remain Silent
If law enforcement officials wish to talk to you about your marijuana possession charge or drug use, it is essential that you exercise your right to remain silent. This can prevent the police from extracting an incorrect statement from you that can be twisted and used against you, even if you were trying to defend yourself or explain the situation. You do not have to give evidence or testimony against yourself. Any information can be provided to police at a later date through your attorney, who can determine how the information may impact your case.
Drug charges against you can be dismissed or reduced if:
• The officer did not have a valid reason to stop you.
• The officer did not have a valid reason to search you, your home (or whatever place you were), or your vehicle.
• Your consent to the search was not free and voluntary or the officer exceeded the scope of your consent.
• If you agree to talk to the police officer in the presence of your attorney.
• The officer cannot prove that you were in possession of the drugs.
If charges are not dismissed, and they resulted from a chemical dependency, your case may be referred to North Carolina Drug Treatment Court (DTC). Drug court focuses on treatment rather than punishment. This disposition is not available on Trafficking cases or Federal cases.
Questions your attorney will ask:
• Did someone else own the vehicle you were in?
• Did someone else own the place you were in?
• Were there other passengers in your vehicle?
• Were there other people with you in the place where the drugs were found?
• In what part of the vehicle or place were the drugs found?
• How near to the drugs were you?
• Can the police prove that you were in control of the place where the drugs were found? (That you happened to be present is NOT proof that you were in control! Did the police find YOUR property, i.e., clothing, mail, papers at the place in question?)
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