First of all, let’s be clear. No member of the Grammy-nominated hip-hip group Migos has been charged. The group recently performed at Appalachian State University, and police stopped their tour bus after smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the bus. After the stop, a search of the bus occurred, and that search resulted in the police find 420 grams of marijuana, which is still less than a pound of marijuana.
Two passengers on the bus were charged with misdemeanor drug possession for charges involving marijuana, Codeine, and Xanax. Jharon Murphy, who is not a member of the group, was charged with the most serious charges. Murpy was charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana (PWISD marijuana), which is a class I felony. Under North Carolina criminal law, a person charged with this offense faces a maximum penalty of 24 months in prison. Does that mean that he automatically faces 2 years in prison for this charge? Absolutely not.
With structured sentencing guidelines in North Carolina, a person’s prior record is taken into account along with the type of North Carolina criminal charge. With that sentencing framework, judges are then provided guidance regarding the type of sentence they are able to impose. In addition, there may be some type of plea bargain that the State and the defendant’s attorney will ask the judge to consider and accept, and that plea arrangement may provide additional terms and conditions for the judge to consider.
In any event, if you are charged with a North Carolina drug crime such as misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana (PWISD marijuana), trafficking in marijuana in Forsyth County or one of the surrounding counties such as Guilford County, Davie County, or Davidson County), you need to speak with an experienced North Carolina criminal defense attorney. North Carolina felony drug charges have serious penalties and consequences, but you have rights and options. Please call our office in Winston-Salem at (336) 725-6559 for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney with the experience and knowledge about drug charges to review your case and to discuss your options.