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Drug paraphernalia is what the law refers to as an item or piece of equipment needed for drug-related activities. For example, if law enforcement finds a marijuana pipe or bong in your possession, you might be charged with drug paraphernalia. Even if something is legal on its own, its proximity to any controlled substances will not end up in your favor. People have been charged with drug-related crimes based on nothing more than the presence of drug paraphernalia.
If you’re facing charges of having such items, make sure to talk to one of our experienced Raleigh drug offenses attorneys. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh has years of experience helping people accused of crimes defend their rights and freedom.
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North Carolina has two statutes regarding drug paraphernalia. One of these laws focuses solely on marijuana while the second addresses everything else. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a slightly less severe charge than it used to be in the past. Today, the crime is categorized as a Class 3 misdemeanor. In most cases, a conviction would lead to a small fine and a short period of probation; however, a maximum jail sentence of 20 days is possible for certain people.
Possession of drug paraphernalia that doesn’t relate to marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If you are convicted under this law, you could face a jail sentence up to 120 days. Probation terms also tend to be longer and more rigorous, and they might include provisions such as random drug tests, substance abuse classes, and community service.
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If you are charged under either statute, it’s vital to contact an experienced Raleigh criminal defense attorney. Our skilled lawyers can guide you through the process and provide you with options to try to make this trying time as stress-free for you as possible. Our top priority is advocating for your rights and freedom, and we want to make a positive impact on your life. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh is run by former prosecutors and former assistant district attorneys, so we understand how the opposition thinks. This knowledge helps us plan for common pitfalls and assists us in anticipating potential arguments in many cases. Let us see what we can do for you.
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