At the David W. Martin Law Group, our North Carolina drug crimes defense lawyers know that being charged with even a misdemeanor drug crime can affect your personal relationships and professional livelihood going forward.
The reality is, when drug charges are common occurrences, caused by addiction and dependency issues, even those that would have previously been a misdemeanor may become wobblers. This means the prosecutor can choose which side of the misdemeanor/felony legal line it falls on.
When our clients reach the level of felony drug crimes, either through habitual arrests, or those resulting from possession with the intent to sell and deliver, jail time becomes a real and imminent possibility.
No matter the root of your drug charges, contact our skilled North Carolina drug crime defense attorneys today to understand your complete legal rights and options, so you can make informed decisions about the direction of your case.
What Factors Impact the Severity of Drug Crime Offenses in North Carolina?
Our skilled drug crime attorneys represent clients throughout North Carolina to ensure they have access to defense strategies that can help put these difficult and potentially life-changing charges into legal perspective.
Before we can get started on designing a customized defense strategy for your unique charges, we must understand the type(s) and amount(s) of drugs you were charged with, and whether your criminal history played a role in how you were charged.
North Carolina categorizes drugs in a system of schedules according to their dangers, addictive qualities, and potential for abuse.
Schedule 1 is the highest, 6 the lowest, and each carries corresponding drug crime penalties.
Schedule 1 Drugs include:
Schedule 2 Drugs include:
- Opium Extracts
- Raw Opium
Schedule 3 Drugs include:
- Anabolic Steroids
- Some Barbiturates
Schedule 4 Drugs include:
Schedule 5 Drugs include:
- Over-The-Counter Cough Medicines with Codeine, and Similar Products
Schedule 6 Drugs include:
- Hashish Oil
Once we have all the facts regarding the type of drug(s), and the amount(s) you are being charged with, your drug charges will become clearer, and so will our approach to designing the proper defense strategy.
Contact our experienced drug crime defense lawyers in North Carolina today to learn how we can help you understand your charges, and all potential penalties associated with them, so you can move forward with confidence.
The Type and Amount of Narcotics Will Dictate Your North Carolina Drug Crime Charges and Penalties
Drug possession, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution are prohibited in the state of North Carolina.
These charges — and whether they fall under misdemeanor, felony, or wobbler offenses — will be dictated by the schedule of the drug and the amount recovered by law enforcement.
The most common types of drug crimes in North Carolina include:
- Drug Possession
- Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver
- Distributing Drugs to Minors
- Drug Trafficking
- Conspiracy to Traffic Drugs
- Cultivation and Manufacturing of Drugs
- Manufacturing of Controlled Substances
- Trafficking of Controlled Substances
- Conspiracy to Commit Drug Crimes
- Prescription Drug Possession and Rx Fraud
North Carolina drug crime convictions can lead to significant penalties, including jail time, fines, and ongoing parole/probation requirements that can change the way you look for a job, secure housing, or interact with your children.
Our experienced drug crime defense attorneys in North Carolina will evaluate your complete case, including when and where you were arrested, law enforcement’s actions in securing an arrest, and any other interaction with the police that may have violated your rights, so we can design the best defense strategy for your unique case, and criminal history, when relevant.
Contact Our Talented Drug Crime Defense Attorneys in North Carolina Today
At the David W. Martin Law Group, our North Carolina drug crime defense attorneys are here to listen to the details that led to your arrest and charges, so we can outline all potential legal strategies that will allow you to take back control of your life.