North Carolina is home to some of the stiffest drug crime laws in the country. A conviction for possession, distribution or trafficking in drugs can carry a major fine and a mandatory prison sentence that could cost you your freedom for several months or years.
The Johnston County drug crime defense lawyers at Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, know what’s at stake if you are facing a drug crime conviction. If you have been accused of a drug crime, we will work hard to protect your rights and reach the best possible outcome for you.
We have experience representing people charged with drug possession, distribution and trafficking throughout Johnston County, including Smithfield, Benson and Clayton. For a free case evaluation, call our Johnston County drug crime defense attorneys today at (919) 300-1249 or use our online form.
North Carolina law makes it illegal to use, possess, sell or traffic any drugs classified as “controlled substances,” including marijuana, methamphetamine (“crystal meth”), powder or crack cocaine, heroin and hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, ecstasy and psilocybin mushrooms. You can also be prosecuted for illegally possessing prescription medications, such as Oxycontin, or obtaining prescription drugs under false pretense.
The type of penalty you face depends on the type of drug, the quantity involved and other factors, such as your prior conviction record. For instance, simple possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor that could result in a suspended sentence and probation. However, if you are arrested with 10 pounds or more of marijuana, the crime is a felony that carries a mandatory 25-month sentence and minimum fine of $5,000.
In addition to the criminal charges, your financial assets may be subject to seizure in a separation action by the N.C. Department of Revenue or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
At Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, we have extensive experience representing Johnston County residents on drug crimes. We know how to challenge the prosecution on issues such as whether the police acted on a tip from an unreliable informant or searched your car, home or apartment without legal justification.
We can also contest the prosecution’s identification of the type and weight of the drugs involved in your arrest. A chemical analyst’s reliability can be questioned and the method of chemical testing can be challenged.
If you are convicted of possession, distribution or trafficking of drugs, we can do our best to minimize the consequences by negotiating a plea bargain and seeking alternatives to prison time, such as deferred prosecution, community service or probation.
The hard-working, skilled and aggressive Johnston County criminal defense lawyers at Reece & Reece, Attorneys at Law, have a record of successfully representing clients charged with drug crimes in Johnston County, including Smithfield, Benson and Clayton, Selma, Archer Lodge, Kenly, Four Oaks, Pine Level, Princeton, Wilson’s Mill and Micro.
For a free case evaluation, call our Johnston County criminal defense attorneys today at (919) 300-1249 or use our online form.