Eastern North Carolina Drug Charge Attorney
Throughout the United States, drug laws have become stricter. As the war on drugs rages on, casual users can get caught in the middle, facing punishments that can have life-changing consequences. If you have been charged with a drug crime, you will need a lawyer who understands your situation and is qualified to handle it.
I am criminal defense attorney Keith Williams. I have dedicated my Greenville law practice to defending people who are charged with serious crimes in eastern North Carolina. I am the only criminal defense lawyer in the Greenville area who is board-certified in both state and federal criminal law. I handle all types of drug charges, including:
- Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine
- Possession of cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamines, and illegal prescription drugs
- Possession with intent to sell or deliver
- Drug trafficking or distribution
- Drug manufacturing
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Charges
Possession of less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana or drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor in North Carolina. As your lawyer, my goal is to keep minor drug charges from resulting in a conviction, which could affect you in the future.
Most drug charges, including possession of more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana, are felonies in North Carolina. Depending on the quantity of drugs in your possession, you could be charged with possession with intent to sell.
The higher the quantity of drugs, the more likely it is that you could face federal drug charges and serious prison time. For example, possession of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine is usually charged as a federal offense, subject to a 10-year prison sentence. Drug cases can also be charged in federal court if you have prior drug convictions or you had a weapon.
Defenses in drug cases often hinge on how police came in contact with you. If the stop or search was illegal, the evidence can go away. Without evidence, the charges will be dismissed. Possession and intent-to-sell charges can also be hard for the state to prove. The drugs may have been in your car or home, but that does not prove they belonged to you; and having a certain quantity of drugs does not prove that you intended to sell them.
Free Criminal Defense Attorney Consultation
Protect your rights and your future. For a free consultation with a Greenville drug offense lawyer, call me at 252-565-4661, or fill out the
contact form on this website.
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