Eastern North Carolina Drug Charge Attorney
Throughout the United States, drug laws have become stricter. As the war on drugs rages, casual users or those addicted to pain medications 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 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.
From Misdemeanor To Felony Drug Charges
You need to realize that possession of less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana or drug paraphernalia is still 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. This is of particular concern for Eastern Carolina University students and their parents.
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 mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence. Drug cases can also be charged in federal court for many reasons, especially 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. When the stop or search was questionable, I will challenge the admissibility of evidence. If the prosecution cannot prove its case without certain evidence the charges might also be dismissed.
Possession and intent-to-sell charges can be hard for the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. The drugs may have been in your car or home, but that does not prove they belonged to you. Having a certain quantity of drugs does not prove that you intended to sell them.
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