Fuquay Varina, NC asked in Criminal Law for North Carolina

Q: Can a police officer issue a citation later after not charging initially?

My grandson just got stopped walking a block to someone's house in the neighborhood where he is staying while going to college. A police office stopped him and found a small amount of weed. He told my grandson that he would not charge him if we would possibly be an informant. This is really confusing. Can he still give him a citation later if my grandson doesn't comply.


Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
Bill Powers
Bill Powers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Good question.

1. Informing is DANGEROUS; and,

2. A citation may still be issued, but that doesn't necessarily mean they can still prove the case.

One would necessarily need to know what, if any evidence was seized and kept as evidence.

Put simply, it's complicated. Makes sense to retain a Wake County lawyer.


John Fanney in Raleigh in excellent. He's also a SUPER nice guy and a good friend.

Please say "hey" if you talk to him.

Bill Powers

Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.