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What is the name of your state? NC

I came home from work yesterday to find some Local law enforcement officers at my house. It seems they obtained a search warrent while I was at work and found 5 marijuana plants and 2 pipes with some resin from a while ago in them?

Any advice, I dont know if they are going to make me go to court or offer me something else but I suspect I will have to go to court? Will a pubilc defender be assigned to my case? I cannot afford to hire a lawyer or should I find a way to get a lawyer who specializes in these types of things. I have no criminal record, and I read on NORMAL's site that NC sometimes offer a conditional release program?

conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.


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Since there is a possibility of imprisonment you have the right to a public defender at no charge if you can't afford a lawyer. Try discussing a plea bargain with your lawyer. I've heard of charges being dropped after completing a drug rehab program or something along those lines. Maybe you could work that out with the prosecutor. Just remember... DON"T talk to the police without your lawyer.


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what have you been charged with? Simple possession or possession with intent to sell?

If the first one, I think that would allow you to go to drug rehab and through probation. If it is intent to sell I dont think they will just offer you probation and rehab, might have some cell time.


Im not sure the detective told me to contact him in a week to see how the DA wanted to proceed, though they did ask me if it was for personal use and I saw no harm in saying "yes".

I have made a appointment with a local criminal lawyer tomorrow, but I do not know if I will be able to afford him or not. Pluse Im unsure I live in a small town and he is a small town lawyer so I dont know his experience in this sort of thing. But I figure it was worth going through the inital consult and seeing what he has to say.

If for once in my life I get a break I will be able to afford him, if that is the case I hope he will be able to talk with the DA, in hopes to prevent this from going to trial.

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