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Young people and blacks most likely to be arrested for marijuana crimes

Blacks and young people are more likely to face marijuana-related charges than other demographics in the U.S.
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    December 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Young people and blacks most likely to be arrested for marijuana crimes

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According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, large numbers of people in the United States continue to face marijuana charges each year. As those statistics have been released, some similar characteristics have been noted among those typically facing such charges.

The FBI has reported that approximately 750,000 marijuana-related arrests were made in 2012 across the country. Of the three-quarters of a million people facing such charges, over 85 percent were charged solely with marijuana possession, as opposed to other marijuana offenses that could be considered more serious, such as the sale or delivery of the drug.

Researchers have examined data regarding marijuana arrests and come to some significant conclusions. To begin with, despite the fact that similar numbers of white and black people use marijuana, the FBI data shows that black people are significantly more likely to face marijuana charges than white people in the U.S.

In addition, young people are much more likely to face charges for a marijuana crime. In total, approximately 33 percent of all those who are charged with marijuana crimes are in their teens. In addition, a staggering 62 percent of those arrested for marijuana-related crimes are 24 years old or younger.

Regardless of race or age, all those who are charged with marijuana crimes ought to be aware of the potential consequences of a marijuana conviction in their state.

Take steps to protect yourself following marijuana possession charges

In North Carolina, the penalties associated with a marijuana possession conviction will vary depending on a number of factors, including the amount of the controlled substance found in the person's possession.

The penalties can be relatively minor for those found in possession of just a half ounce or less of marijuana. In such cases, an individual may face misdemeanor charges, and, if convicted, could be required to pay a fine of up to $200.

The penalties are more severe when a larger quantity of marijuana is found in an individual's possession. For instance, if someone is found with between 0.5 and 1.5 ounces of marijuana, he or she could face a fine of up to $1,000 and be imprisoned for one to 45 days. If the person is found with between 1.5 ounces and 10 pounds of marijuana, the potential jail time increases to between three to eight months, along with a maximum $1,000 fine.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession in North Carolina, the consequences can clearly make a large impact on your life if convicted. Consequently, it would be wise to talk to a skilled criminal defense attorney under such circumstances, as a lawyer will be able to take action to ensure your rights are protected and a persuasive defense is established on your behalf.

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