the arresting officer did not search me before taking me in the jail and I had a roach of a joint in my pocket.
You're looking at needing to retain a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney or request court-appointed counsel. These types of allegations are fairly serious as they don't want drugs in the jails unless the deputies have smuggled them in themselves.
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Some quick internet research suggests the likely charge is a Class H felony carrying 4 to 25 months. Call an NC lawyer to confirm and set up a consultation.
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If you knowingly possessed the marijuana roach at the jail then you are looking at a class I felony for having the marijuana at the jail and a class 3 misdemeanor for the marijuana roach itself. Depending on your prior record level, a class I felony can carry a maximum sentence of 24 months in jail. You should seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area.
Any person who violates G.S. 90-95(a)(3) on the premises of a penal institution or local confinement facility shall be guilty of a Class H felony.
A class H felony is punishable by 4-39 months imprisonment depending on aggravating / mitigating factors and prior record level.
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