There are all sorts of different drug related crimes that you could be accused of in Charlotte, North Carolina, and these crimes come with a range of different consequences if you are convicted. Following are some of the possible drug crimes that you could be charged with:
- Possession of Drugs or Paraphernalia for Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, etc.
- Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute, Sell, or Deliver
- Drug Trafficking or Conspiracy to Traffic
- Cultivation or Manufacturing of Drugs
- Distribution of Drugs to Minors
- Synthetic Drug Crimes for MDMA, K2, Synthetic Marijuana, etc.
- Drug Crimes Involving Prescription Medications, Prescription Fraud, etc.
There will be multiple factors that determine whether the crime is a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, if there is a large amount of drugs involved and the intent to distribute, then this will be a more serious crime. If minors are involved, then that is more serious than other drug charges in Charlotte, as well. When you compare the crimes that are associated with drug trafficking or prescription fraud to the crime of having nothing more than drug paraphernalia in your possession, it is easy to see the difference. Further, if you have multiple prior drug charges, you are likely to face more severe charges and penalties. If it is your first offense, depending on the severity of the crime, it may be possible to have your charges reduced or dropped. You may even be eligible for a deferred prosecution program in which you will be able to avoid conviction, avoid having a record, and avoid going to jail.
When a Minor is Charged with a Drug Possession Crime in Charlotte, North Carolina
Whenever teenagers are charged with drug possession crimes in Charlotte, North Carolina, it is important to ensure
that they have adequate legal representation. A young person’s future can be drastically impacted by a single mistake. The more drugs are in the minor’s possession, the more challenging it will be to protect them from serious charges, especially if there is any suggestion that the minor was manufacturing or distributing those drugs. If convicted of a serious drug crime, a minor could end up facing challenges for years to come. They may find it more difficult to get a job or to pursue higher education. If you are the parent of a minor who is facing drug charges, contact Remington & Dixon to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.
When Drug Charges Involve Possession of Prescription Medications in Charlotte, North Carolina
Many prescription medications have the potential to be abused by individuals who are looking to get high. For this reason, there are many such prescriptions that are highly regulated and monitored by pharmacists and physicians. Further, the police will take possession or misuse of such medications very seriously. In some cases, people even get arrested just for having their own medications in their possession, even if there is no reason to suspect that they were misusing them. Some examples of prescription medications that have the potential to lead to drug charges include pain medications, anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressant medications, stimulant medications, sleep medications, and certain medications that are found in cough and cold treatments.
You may think that you are safe as long as you have a legitimate prescription. However, if the police suspect that you were using that medication inappropriately, abusing it, selling it, or committing fraud to obtain it, then you may be in a lot of trouble. If you are innocent of these crimes, and if your prescription was legally obtained and used for a diagnosed condition, then you should not have too much trouble defending yourself against such accusations. Any charges that result may be dropped once it has been established that there is no actual evidence of wrongdoing.
Unfortunately, this does not help much to ease the stress and challenges of being arrested in the first place. You may face challenges with your education, your job, and your family because of being wrongfully arrested for a crime that you are not guilty of. The best thing you can do in such a situation is to cooperate with the police, calmly explain that your medication is legally prescribed for the given diagnosed condition, and hope that they do not arrest you. If they do arrest you anyway, remain calm, and contact the attorneys at Remington & Dixon to discuss your defense as soon as possible. If you are a family member of someone who has been arrested on drug charges related to prescription medications, you can help by contacting their job to let them know that a family emergency is preventing them from coming into work, without giving the details of the arrest.
Avoiding the Most Severe Consequences of Drug Crimes in Charlotte, North Carolina
In many cases, it is possible for those who are facing charges for drug crimes in Charlotte, North Carolina to avoid the most serious consequences of such crimes through a deferred prosecution program. This is a program that is designed to allow the accused individual to get treatment for drug use, rather than having the course of their lives altered by a criminal conviction. These kinds of programs are allowed in situations where the defendant does not have a previous criminal history, is not likely to commit another offense, and has agreed to demonstrate positive and lawful conduct throughout the course of the program. In some cases, there will be specific requirements for community service and the completion of drug treatment programs.
The best thing that you can do to avoid the most severe consequences of drug crimes in Charlotte, North Carolina, is to contact a criminal defense attorney with experience handling cases like yours. Call Remington & Dixon to discuss your options today. We may be able to get your charges reduced or completely dropped, depending on the details of the case.
Brandon double-majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. Throughout his career, Brandon has received numerous awards and recognition from his peers and agencies that rate attorneys. A few of these awards are from The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyer in 2014, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, Nation’s Top One Percent: National Association of Distinguished Counsel in 2015, Super Lawyers: Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019, and North Carolina Business Magazine: Legal Elite in 2019, among others.