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Good News For First Time Drug Offenders

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Criminal charges have a way of getting in your way, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. For example, if you are planning an out of the country trip and need a passport, having a criminal record may impact your ability to obtain a passport. Likewise, some employers have a practice of not hiring people with criminal records, making it difficult to obtain employment and make a living if your record isn’t clean. These are just a few of the reasons you will want to present a determined defense to any criminal charges made against you.

In North Carolina, first offenders for certain drug offenses have the opportunity to keep their record clear by using the legal tool referred to as a conditional discharge. The law provides:  

  • Allowing the defendant to enter a plea agreement, without a criminal conviction being attached to the charge or plea.

The dismissal comes once the defendant successfully completes probation. What this means is that if you are a first time offender, with no prior misdemeanor or felony charges, you can be placed on probation for the offense. As long as you stick to the terms of your probation and follow the rules, the Judge will not enter a conviction on the case. In other words, your case will be dismissed. Typical probationary terms include regular check ins with your probation officer, passing random drug tests and staying out of trouble. Any new conviction is considered a violation of probation, and you will no longer qualify for the conditional discharge. It is important to negotiate terms of probation that work for you and your family, so that you are able to be successful while on probation. Our objective is to make sure you are satisfied with the outcome of your case, and understand your obligations while on probation. Your success is our success, and we work with you to make sure the desired goals are met!

If you have been charged with a drug crime, and have questions about your case, call an eastern North Carolina criminal defense lawyer for help. We offer a free initial consultation and work with you to aggressively defend the charges against you and maintain your freedom.