Raleigh Drug Crimes Attorney
Take your future seriously if you’re in need of a Drug Crime Attorney in Raleigh. Put your faith in my background to effectively defend your rights in court. I’ve handled hundreds of cases where an individual has been charged with misdemeanor drug cases in both District and Superior Courts, but I also work with individuals facing trafficking and felony drug charges throughout North Carolina.
I assist clients in cases involving:
- Misdemeanor drug charges
- Felony drug crimes
- Prescription medication forgery/fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Drug possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver
- Felony possession of cocaine and heroin
Minor and Major Offenses Carry Big Consequences
Don’t assume that because you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor drug crime that this won’t have a serious impact on your future. In North Carolina, possession of less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana or drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, but it could haunt you for years to come if you’re convicted. The consequences for this one offense range from Class 1 to Class 3 misdemeanor punishments and a fine up to $1,000.
If you have been charged, I’ll work hard as your drug crimes attorney in Raleigh to get these charges suppressed or dismissed to prevent them from harming you in the future. Understanding how these seemingly minor cases can generate big problems for your future, I rely on my experience with numerous pre-trial motions to suppress and dismiss these cases where possible, especially when an improper search or stop has happened. Felony charges carry even stricter sentences and other punishments, so you should not hesitate to get legal representation as soon as possible.
Challenging misdemeanor or felony drug charges requires input from a qualified Raleigh drug crimes attorney. Drug cases can be complex, frequently requiring a comprehensive understanding of drug laws in addition to the search and seizure laws that protect your rights. In many drug cases, the pretrial hearings are an essential opportunity to challenge evidence admissibility.
In both misdemeanor and felony cases, you need evaluation of the evidence that was collected. The admissibility of some evidence can be challenged based on constitutional or other applicable grounds. If there were no lawful grounds for your vehicle search, this could lead to suppressed evidence. This one example highlights the importance of retaining a talented and experienced North Carolina drug crimes attorney. If evidence was obtained unlawfully and this leads to a suppression, your charges may be dismissed entirely. When hiring a criminal defense attorney to handle your drug charges, you need assistance in the form of precisely written motions, comprehensive review of evidence and evidence collection procedures, and someone who is confident about arguing your motions in court hearings in order to prevent the court admittance of evidence seized illegally.
There are also deferral plans available for misdemeanor and felony drug offenses known as the 90-96 program. This provides the opportunity for conditional discharge in certain situations. While the statute is rather complex, what it means for individuals charged with a drug crime is relatively clear. What this statute breaks down to is that there are conditions under which the court may avoid entering judgment and may instead opt for the charged individual to go through probation. So long as the offender fulfills the requirements of the probation, the charges are dismissed and there is no official conviction. If the probation terms are violated, however, the court has the right to enter an adjudication of guilt in order to sentence the defendant. Some individuals under the age of 22 may be able to get their record expunged as well.
How We Can Help
If you have been charged with a felony drug offense or misdemeanor drug offense, it is important that you discuss your case with a skilled drug attorney. Depending on certain facts and circumstances, your drug case may be reduced or even dismissed through a deferral agreement or a conditional discharge. This dismissal or reduction can apply for certain drug offenses and first time offenders. The Dozier Law Firm can review your case and discuss the possible scenarios you may be eligible for. In addition, Raleigh criminal defense attorney Chris Dozier is highly skilled at handling motions to suppress evidence and taking your case to trial in order to have your case dismissed by the court or found not guilty by a judge or jury.
To review all of your options in response to charges or to learn how I can help you as your Raleigh drug crimes attorney, contact my office today.