Are you facing drug charges? Do you seek the help of a drug defense lawyer in Raleigh, NC? If so, your ideal solution is to contact The Chetson Firm, PLLC.
We are well aware that the war against drugs tears families apart, turns young people into criminals, and can ruin lives and the prospect of ever having a flourishing career for many individuals. While some states have moved ever so slowly toward the legalization of marijuana and other countries have moved toward the legalization or de-criminalization of harder drugs, North Carolina remains a very tough state when it comes to the enforcement of drug laws.
According to North Carolina’s laws, even small amounts of drugs or drug paraphernalia – such as pipes, paper, and baggies – can result in onerous punishments or even criminal records that are difficult, if not impossible, to erase.
Slightly larger amounts of drugs, depending on the type, can result in felony charges. When a felony conviction is not handled properly, it can turn people into convicted felons for potentially the rest of their lives.
In addition, the state penalizes the illegal possession of certain amounts of drugs – a fairly small amount of opiate pills (such as oxycontin or oxycodone), for instance – as drug trafficking offenses.
Trafficking offenses are the most punitive, resulting in mandatory minimum sentences even if the person has an otherwise clean criminal record. A first-time offender caught with enough illegal pills containing opiates can face 70 months or more as a minimum punishment. While there are ways to obtain a lower sentence that the minimum, drug charges often require the skilled representation from a dedicated Raleigh drug lawyer.
In certain circumstances, depending on the quantity of drugs and the conduct involved, a person charged with a drug crime may be eligible for a drug diversion program. These programs involve treatment or education, and can result in a complete dismissal of all charges and the opportunity for an expungement after the program has been successfully completed.
Sometimes these programs are mandatory: In other words, the prosecutor must offer them. In other cases, your attorney may be able to negotiate with a prosecutor to reduce charges and enroll you into the program.
The following pages can help you better understand the state’s drug laws and processes:
- Federal Drug Crimes – serious drug charges dealt with by federal laws.
- Prescription Fraud – overview of prescription drug abuse.
- North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Chart – drug offences categorized by severity, penalties, etc.
Your drug lawyer Damon Chetson and his team will help you navigate the complexities of your drug charge, establishing a defense strategy based on your individual case. Our ultimate goal is to prove you innocent, if in fact you are, or minimize your charge to ensure that you can return to your life and your loved ones as soon as possible.
To learn more about how our drug defense lawyer can help you in Raleigh and surrounding areas, please contact The Chetson Firm today.