Drug Charges

Drug Charges - Defense Attorney Raleigh NC

North Carolina Aggressively Prosecutes Drug Charges

If you have been arrested for drug charges in Raleigh, call Raleigh drug defense attorney Jane Weatherly at (919)758-9296.

Drug charges are aggressively prosecuted in North Carolina. It does not matter whether you are facing misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana or felony drug charges, such as possession of cocaine or drug trafficking. All drug charges are very serious. A drug conviction can have a lasting and damaging impact on your life. Raleigh drug defense attorney Jane Weatherly has experience handling drug cases ranging from simple possession of marijuana to drug trafficking in various drugs. Ms. Weatherly has the knowledge and experience to get you the best result possible. Call (919)758-9296 now to schedule your free consultation.

Consequences of a Drug Conviction

Drug charges have severe collateral consequences aside from jail and/or prison time. Just because you do not get sentenced to jail or prison does not mean that a drug conviction will not impact your life. It will! A conviction for possession of small personal quantities of any illegal drugs can result in a loss of ability to receive certain federal student financial aid, prohibit employment in certain fields, result in the loss of certain licenses and deportation if you are not a US Citizen. Additionally, if you are convicted of a felony drug charge, you will lose your right to own a firearm for the rest of your life, lose the right to vote and have the stigma of being a convicted felon.

What are the Penalties for Drug Possession

It is possible to be sentenced to jail time for a first offense drug possession charge. The penalties for drug possession are different depending on the drug, the amount of the drug and whether you intended to give the drug to another person. A drug possession charge can be either a felony or a misdemeanor. For example, a relatively small amount of marijuana could be charged as misdemeanor marijuana possession. However, if the district attorney believes that it was “packaged for resale” it can be charged as possession with intent to distribute which is a felony offense. Additionally, possession of marijuana can become felony possession due to the weight even if it is only for personal use. Additionally, large amounts of any drug can result in drug trafficking charges which, if convicted, would subject you to a lengthy mandatory minimum sentence in prison.

Different Drugs are Treated Differently

While a relatively small amount of marijuana is typically charged as a misdemeanor, any amount of cocaine, heroin, LSD, or Ecstasy is a felony drug charge under North Carolina Law. Possession of a prescription narcotic without a prescription is also a felony.

First Offense Drug Possession Programs

Many times it is possible to negotiate a pretrial diversion for an individual charged with drug possession if it is a first offense with no prior diversions. Additionally, in order to qualify for a first-time drug offender program, there must be no indication that the defendant intended to sell the drugs.

Don’t wait for your hearing date. Many times a resolution can be reached quickly so that you are not unnecessarily burdened with “not knowing.” Call Jane Weatherly at (919)758-9296 now to schedule your free consultation.