Zealous Greensboro Attorneys Assist Clients Charged with Drug Crimes
Guilford County firm counters allegations relating to controlled substances
Drug crimes cover a wide range of charges that can be brought by state or federal prosecutors. Whether you’re talking about a simple marijuana possession count or a large-scale trafficking accusation, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to challenge prosecutors and maximize the likelihood of a favorable result. In Guilford County and the surrounding areas, Coalter Law, PLLC provides effective legal representation in all types of cases pertaining to the use, possession, manufacture and sale of controlled substances. Our accomplished attorneys understand the factors that can drastically alter the outcome in these matters and fight aggressively on behalf of accused clients.
North Carolina lawyers litigate possession and distribution cases
The North Carolina Controlled Substances Act covers various types of misconduct related to the illegal use and distribution of drugs. In cases brought under this law or some other state or federal statute, we’ll zealously assert your rights if you’re accused of:
- Drug possession — Holding marijuana remains illegal within the state, but possession of less than an 1 1/2 ounce is a misdemeanor with a maximum 20-day jail term. Sanctions increase for other drugs and increased amounts. If you’re accused of possession with intent to distribute, we will review the situation thoroughly and challenge questionable evidence that might be used to support that felony count.
- Sale and trafficking of controlled substances — Selling, creating or delivering a controlled substance is a felony in North Carolina. The severity of the charge depends on the particular drug at issue. At both the state and federal levels, these are serious allegations punishable by several years of imprisonment. In their quest to stop drug trafficking, law enforcement personnel sometimes violate procedural standards or sweep up innocent parties. In whatever jurisdiction you’ve been charged, our firm has the ability and determination to take on the authorities.
- Driving while impaired by drugs — Being under the influence of an “impairing substance” while operating a vehicle is akin to driving while intoxicated under state law. Charges can be brought after illegal drugs or a prescription pharmaceutical impairs a motorist’s physical or mental faculties.
- Possession of drug paraphernalia — Possessing paraphernalia relating to marijuana use is a Class 3 misdemeanor, while penalties for holding items associated with other drugs are more serious, with a maximum sentence of 120 days in jail. Many normal household items can be mistaken for evidence of drug use. If you’ve been wrongly accused, we’ll battle to correct any misinterpretation.
Any drug charge is serious and requires strong assistance from a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. In a free initial consultation, we’ll give you an honest appraisal of your situation and options.
Knowledgeable advocates advise on legal standards and sentences
How drug crimes are punished under state law depends largely on the substance involved. Specific drugs are classified by categories, known as schedules, with Schedule I including the most dangerous and addictive substances and Schedule VI the least addictive or dangerous. Accordingly, possession or sale of Schedule I and II substances carries the harshest penalties. Our firm handles cases involving all types of drugs, including:
- Heroin — Even for first-time offenders, possession of heroin and some other types of opiates is a felony because of their addictive nature and the risk they present.
- Marijuana — Schedule VI drugs including marijuana and hashish are treated as misdemeanors and might not lead to jail time if only a small amount is found.
- Cocaine — Along with other Schedule II drugs, such as methamphetamine and codeine, a cocaine possession charge is a Class I felony.
- Performance-enhancing substances — Anabolic steroids, testosterone and other natural or synthetic materials associated with increased athletic performance are Schedule III substances because they have some beneficial use when used under a doctor’s care. This is also how ketamine and some other prescription drugs are classified.
- Ecstasy, LSD and other hallucinogens — Dangerous, addictive hallucinogens such as mescaline and LSD are Schedule I substances. This also true for MDMA (Ecstasy) and other drugs that have no accepted medical treatment use.
- GHB, Rohypnol (roofies) and other “date rape” drugs — These Schedule I drugs that sedate and incapacitate people who ingest them can also lead to sex crime allegations.
- Unauthorized prescription pharmaceuticals — Valium, Xanax and other pharmaceuticals that present a low risk of abuse are listed as Schedule IV drugs.
Our defense lawyers defend clients aggressively and fight to achieve the best resolution possible at trial or through plea negotiations. We take a personal approach to each case and advocate strongly for substance abuse treatment and other alternatives to incarceration when appropriate.
Contact a North Carolina drug crime defense attorney for a free initial consultation
Coalter Law, PLLC advocates on behalf of Guilford County clients and others who have been accused of a drug-related crime. Please call 336-645-9336 or contact us online to make an appointment for a free initial consultation. Our office is in Greensboro.