Charlotte Drug Offense Defense Attorney
Generally speaking, drug offenses can be broken down into 3 categories:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance;
- Sale/Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance;
- Trafficking in a Controlled Substance.
Drug Offenses in North Carolina - Legal Consequences
North Carolina classifies controlled substances into six (6) different categories. Punishment for drug offenses can vary greatly from a Class C felony (punishable by up to 182 months prison) to a Class 3 Misdemeanor, depending on the type of drug involved and the classification of the activity undertaken. If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense, call the drug defense attorneys at Litrenta Law today. You can schedule a free consultation to have our defense attorneys discuss the all the issues surrounding your case, including any problems with the police searching you.
When you are charged with a possession offense, the State must prove that you were: knowingly; (2) in possession; (3) of a controlled substance in order for you to be found guilty. Now, we have all heard the adage that possession is nine-tenths of law. While this expression is not law, there are two ways in which the State may prove possession. In North Carolina, the State must show that you were either:
- in actual possession of a controlled substance;
- or you were in constructive possession of a controlled substance
Actual possession is fairly straightforward. Constructive possession is a much less concrete. Under North Carolina case law, constructive possession exists when a defendant, while not having actual possession, has the intent and capability to maintain control and dominion over the contraband. There may be some defenses available to you in order to contest constructive possession. The punishment for possession offenses can vary from a Class I felony (3-12 months incarceration) to a Class 3 Misdemeanor. If you have been charged with a possession of a controlled substance offense, schedule a free consultation with the possession defense attorneys at Litrenta Law in Charlotte, NC today. We will discuss any and all defenses with you. From challenging the stop of your vehicle, to challenging the search the police conducted, as well as discussing any possibility of excluding any evidence in your case. Do not risk a drug conviction – call us now.
Sale of a Controlled Substance
If you have been charged with sale of a controlled substance, you are facing a serious felony charge. In North Carolina, depending on the controlled substance at issue, you could be facing either a Class G felony (8-31 months incarceration) or Class H felony (4-25 months incarceration). In order for the State to prove its case, the State must prove you (1) knowingly; (2) sold or delivered; (3) a controlled substance; (4) to another person. There are always issues that could arise from the circumstances surrounding your case. Call Litrenta Law for a free consultation.
Manufacturing a Controlled Substance
Have you been charged with manufacturing a controlled substance? If so, you are facing a felony charge. In North Carolina, you will be facing either a Class H felony (4-25 months incarceration) or a Class I felony (3-12 months incarceration). If however, methamphetamine is involved, you could be facing a very serious Class C felony (44-182 months incarceration) as well as potentially being subjected to a special felony sentencing enhancement
Trafficking in Controlled Substance
Trafficking Offenses are by far the most serious drug offenses that one could be charged with. In trafficking cases, there is a statutorily mandated minimum prison sentence. With all trafficking charges, the emphasis is on the amount of the controlled substance. Any mandatory prison sentence is based on the amount of drug which the accused has been charged with. While these charges are very serious, that doesn’t mean that there is not hope! Call us today so that we can discuss potential defenses to your
Contact Our Charlotte Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with drug possession, drug trafficking or any other drug-related crime, contact the drug defense attorneys at Litrenta Law Charlotte immediately. We handle cases throughout North Carolina, including the counties of Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Cabarrus, Stanly and Cleveland. We can be reached 7 days a week at (704) 800-4220. You may also fill out the online form provided on this page or e-mail us directly at Info@LitrentaLaw.com. We value your privacy and will keep any information strictly confidential.