Would it be necessary to obtain a lawyer if you are charge with a Schedule VI marijuana misdemeanor drug charge on a university campus?

I am hoping to get the charge expunged from my record and am wondering if I simply need to seek legal advice or if I actually need representation in court.

Asked on September 25, 2015 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Get an attorney if you can.  This is not a "got to jail for the rest of your life case," but any drug charge can affect you for the rest of your life.  If the charge is not dismissed or the paperwork for a certain plea deal isn't completed properly then you will lose your ability to get this charged expunged at a later date.  Many people show up, trust the prosecutor, and sign documents that they don't fully understand on a routine basis.... they don't seek understanding until they are denied employment when it shows up on a background check.  It will cost you a bit to invest in representation right now, but it will open up more opportunities if you can get it dismissed or expunged. 


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