Narcotics offenses can range in severity from relatively minor misdemeanor charges to the most severely punished felonies. The severity of punishment authorized is often based on the quantity and type of drug alleged, and whether the possession occurred with the intent to distribute or sell. Some drug offenses carry mandatory jail sentences and substantial fines. Even the most minor of drug convictions can have serious ramifications affecting your current or future employment or your education. This includes local New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick county schools, or an institution of higher learning such as Cape Fear Community College or the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Convictions also can affect your family and possibly your freedom. Some drug offenses carry mandatory jail sentences and substantial fines.
If you are charged with possession of an illegal narcotic and you are a first-time offender, you may be able to avoid a conviction. We have had great success avoiding convictions through various methods including deferred prosecutions or conditional dismissals pursuant to NCGS § 90-96.
If you are charged with a felony drug offense involving the sale or delivery, or the intent to sell and deliver that particular drug, not only do you face the possibility of jail time but you can expect a tax bill from the N.C. Department of Revenue. The N.C. Department of Revenue will tax you based upon the drug and the amount that you are alleged to have sold or possessed with the intent to sell. You are entitled to a hearing before a hearing officer. We can appear for you and oftentimes minimize your tax liability or avoid it altogether.
If we are unable to resolve your case in a manner satisfactory to you before a trial, we will take your case to trial. At trial, we will raise all defenses that apply to your case. These defenses can range from constitutional violations to factual innocence. Once we know the specifics of your case, we will fashion the defense that gives you the best chance of winning. Our initial consultation is free. If you are charged with a drug offense, contact us today to set up an appointment so that we may put our experience to work for you.