How will they punish me. First offense
You should get a criminal defense attorney. You could end up with probation and a conviction. Best of luck!
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Punishment assumes a conviction. . .which may not be necessary.
Many jurisdictions have options available to avoid a criminal record.
Given the long-term consequences of a criminal record, it makes sense to talk to an attorney ASAP.
Here's some info on Underage Possession cases in North Carolina:
Give John Fanney a ring in Raleigh. He's excellent. Please say "hey" if you speak to him.
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If you are convicted it is unlikely you will be given any punishment other than to pay the court costs and a fine. However, the real consequence is a permanent conviction on your record that could have been easily avoided. Wake County has two diversion programs for first-time offenders. In addition to that, an attorney may be able to get the case dropped without you having to complete a program or pay anything to the the court. Hire an attorney - you should never walk into a courtroom for criminal charges without representation.
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