Drug Crimes

Felony Drug Charges Reduced

We recently won a victory for our client by reducing felony drug charges to two misdemeanors with no jail time.  Our client was the victim of a robbery and breaking and entering.  Upon calling the police, our client was questioned about his own possible possession of drugs.  Police suspected that the robbery was drug-related. Our…

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6000 Federal Inmates to be Released Early – Is It Enough?

In the past 24 hours, one of the major headlines across the spectrum of news organizations was that approximately 6,000 inmates are to be released early from their sentences. While this step may provide some hope about the dismal mass incarceration problem in the United States, that hope is minuscule and at this point, ill…

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Painkiller Overdoses Decrease as Medical Marijuana is Legalized

It’s becoming more and more common: state after state is legalizing medical marijuana. Some states are even legalizing the “drug” for recreational use, such as Colorado and Washington. Proponents of the legalization of marijuana point to the opportunity for tax revenue and the belief that a stoned driver is no more dangerous, perhaps even less…

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Felony Drug Possession in North Carolina

If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in North Carolina, there are a wide number of charges that can be applied, including: Misdemeanor Possession Felony Possession Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver (PWISD) Maintaining a Dwelling Sell and/or Deliver Drug Trafficking Federal Drug Charges Because misdemeanor possession charges are covered extensively elsewhere in…

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Prescription Fraud: What is Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud?

North Carolina takes all drug charges extremely seriously and among the most serious charges are those relating to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, often called prescription fraud. Under NCGS § 90-108, it is unlawful for any person to: Obtain a controlled substance by representing that they are a licensed practitioner able to prescribe medication when…

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Conviction Bonuses for Drug Informants

Reporter John Tucker has an important story in Indy Week about a ten year program whereby the Durham Police Department paid bonuses to drug informants who were able to secure convictions. “[T]he D.A.’s office was not aware of any agreement to pay confidential informants at the completion of cases,” said Assistant District Attorney Roger Echols…

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Can I be convicted of drug trafficking?

A drug trafficking offense is defined differently under state and federal law. In North Carolina, a drug trafficking offense is defined by the weight of the drugs, or the number of dosage units. Not all controlled substances have trafficking statutes. But for ones that do, the quantity determines the level of trafficking. In the case…

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How does federal law prosecute repeated violent criminal acts?

As President Obama considers proposing additional restrictions on the ownership, sale, and possession of firearms, it’s important to consider existing laws that already are enforced against people who commit gun related offenses. One such law is the Armed Career Criminal Act 18 USC § 924(e), originally passed during the Reagan administration in 1984, which, by…

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Challenging the Underpinnings of the Drug War

Richard Branson’s son has just released a new documentary in its entirety on YouTube that looks into the policy implications of the drug war. As a Raleigh drug lawyer, I’m often confronted by these realties as clients who either are addicted to drugs, or implicated in drug conspiracies seek my help. One thing is clear:…

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