What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? North Carolina
My boyfriend and I were traveling on Blue Ridge Parkway and came up to a DUI checkpoint. The ranger thought that he could smell marijuana and had us pull over and he searched the car. He found a pipe and a under a gram of marijuana. We were each issued a us district court violation notice. 36 cfr 2.35 (b) (2) and my boyfriend was also given a violation for possession of paraphernalia 18 USC 13 NCGS 90-113.21. We have the option of paying the 3 tickets- each for $275 or going to court. We are planning to retain a lawyer because I intend to apply to med school in two years and I'm trying to remove this from record. I'm not sure if the violation tickets are misdemeanor charges. What are the possible outcomes if we hire a lawyer? This is the first offense for both of us and we've never been in this position before.