When you are facing a drug-related charge in Waxhaw North Carolina, time is not on your side. State and federal governments devote many resources to identifying drug activities and trafficking. Naturally, they also devote many resources to securing a prosecution against anyone they arrest. Since drug crimes are some of the most common in North Carolina, the prosecutors already have an advantage in preparing their case against you.
The exact charge and consequences of your conviction depend on the type and quantity of drugs in your possession. Even outside of jail or prison time, drug-related convictions can have lifelong effects, impacting your ability to find housing, go to school, or get a job. As soon as you are able, your first step following a drug-related arrest should be to contact an experienced defense attorney.
When facing drug charges, your best chance to have the charges reduced or dismissed is an aggressive defense strategy. Drug offenses are very rarely dismissed or won because the accused is innocent. Rather, mistakes made by the state and federal governments are the primary means of preserving your liberty. Choosing an attorney deeply acquainted with the laws surrounding drug crimes can ensure every possible avenue for charge reduction or dismissal is explored. If you or a loved one is facing drug charges, the Law Offices of Huffman & Kendrick can provide the most effective defense strategy, regardless of your charges.
There are two main forms of drug possession charges in North Carolina: possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver and simple possession. Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver is classified as a felony. Simple possession of most substance types is classified as a misdemeanor.
Possession of illegal substances in North Carolina can be filed as actual or constructive. Actual possession is when illegal substances are found on your body or clothing. Constructive possession occurs when controlled substances are discovered in close proximity to you or somewhere you can easily access them, but not on you.
The drug laws and penalties in North Carolina are centered around the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act, the statute that describes drugs as substances that are recognized by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia and intended to affect the functions of the body. This law also classifies the six controlled substances into schedules, categorized by characteristics like the potential for abuse, the fact that they are not used medicinally, and the risk to public health. The following are descriptions of each schedule and examples of drugs within the schedules:
Police officers and prosecutors will frequently charge those accused of drug crimes with the highest possible offense. Working with a determined defense attorney can ensure the charges applied are appropriate for the circumstances. There are major differences between the penalties for different levels of controlled substance possession. Therefore, a reduction or dismissal of charges can have a significant impact on your future. Maximum penalties for possession of the different substance levels include:
If you are found to be in possession of large quantities of controlled substances, you can face other, more serious charges like drug trafficking and possession with intent. Possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a substance that is on Schedule I or II is a Class H felony. Possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver is a separate crime from the manufacturing, sale, or delivery of controlled substances, a crime with heavier penalties. For example, the delivery of controlled substances can result in the following punishments:
The sale of controlled substances can result in the following penalties:
Regardless of the severity of the charges against you, the burden to prove each element of the alleged crime(s) lies with the state. A seasoned drug crime defense attorney can exhaustively examine each piece of evidence. They can then challenge it and the theory of the case. Potential defenses for these types of cases include:
At the Law Offices of Huffman & Kendrick, we are skilled at finding the defense that can result in the most favorable outcome for your case. We have defended many clients facing drug charges. We can apply our years of accumulated knowledge to your case.
A drug possession charge can result in jail or prison time as well as financial penalties. The penalties will be even harsher if you have any prior convictions. A drug conviction on your record can also result in lifelong consequences. These can include a more difficult time finding a job, affordable housing, or post-secondary schooling. A drug-related arrest should not be treated lightly. Your first action should be to find an experienced drug crime defense attorney. The Law Offices of Huffman & Kendrick are passionate about protecting the rights of Waxhaw citizens and supporting them as they fight drug possession charges. Contact us today so we can schedule a consultation.