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How To Defend Drug Charges In Eastern North Carolina

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 18, 2015

Drug charges can result in either a misdemeanor or felony conviction. When that happens, the consequences are harsh and long lasting. To avoid irreparable damage to your criminal record, it is critical to put on a solid defense. The facts of your case must be carefully examined and analyzed in order to develop an effective defense strategy. Because no two cases are alike it is important to identify the facts that help you and use them to your advantage. An arrest for a drug related crime is frightening, but skilled criminal defense attorneys help you wade through the confusion and put your best foot forward.

The North Carolina Controlled Substance Act sets forth the fines and penalties for drug related charges, and also characterizes charges as either felony or misdemeanor. For example:  

  • A simple possession of marijuana charge, where the amount of the substance is considered for personal use, is a misdemeanor. The important thing to note about this type of charge is that depending on the amount in your possession, the punishment may include time in jail of up to 45 days.  
  • More serious drug charges include those where the defendant faces the allegation that there was an intent to manufacture, sale or deliver a controlled substance. These types of cases are classified as felonies and include varying time frames of incarceration.

Finding a defense that works for you depends on the facts of your case. For instance, there may be flaws in your arrest that can lead to a reduction of charges or a possible dismissal of your case. It is important that you partner with a defense attorney that is familiar with the criminal law processes and procedures, so the result reached in your case works for you.

If you have questions about drug related crimes and charges, call a qualified criminal defense attorney for answers. Contact The Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced eastern North Carolina criminal defense lawyer.