Possession of controlled substances in North Carolina is a crime. Drug crimes have both state and federal consequences and can fall under either jurisdiction. If you are facing charges relating to the possession, sale, or manufacture of a controlled substance, you need the guidance of a criminal attorney skilled and experienced in the defense of drug related crimes in both state and federal court.
At Earwood, Moore, Carpenter & Guy, we are skilled and experienced in defending people accused of drug related infractions. Some common offenses include:
- Drug trafficking
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell or deliver
- Manufacture or cultivation of controlled substances
- Synthetic and designer drugs like cathinones and marijuana
As defense attorneys, we scrutinize and dissect each individual aspect of the State’s investigation against you and, when necessary, consult with a variety of reliable experts in the network we have created through years of service to our clients. We keep you informed and help you understand what you are up against and how we will defend your rights, helping you to avoid unnecessary fear, confusion, and stress.
Even when the State has significant evidence against you, charges and penalties can often be mitigated, especially when extenuating factors exist. These can include:
- You were unlawfully detained
- You, your vehicle, or property were unlawfully searched
- Your consent to search was made under duress
- The breadth of your consent to search was exceeded in violation of your rights
- Your possession of a controlled substance cannot be verified
If your charges resulted from a chemical dependency, your case may be referred to North Carolina Drug Treatment Court (DTC). Drug Court is a therapeutic court which focuses on treating dependency rather than punishing addictions to controlled substances. Therapeutic alternatives are not generally available at the federal level. Even if the State’s has a strong case against you, and you have a clean record, there are still legal remedies that permit your case to be expunged, even if you are convicted.
Expunging your record
If you have been convicted of a crime and are suffering from the results of having a criminal record, there are legal remedies that may permit your conviction to be expunged. Carrying a criminal record can have hanting effects for people convicted of criminal acts, from lack of employability, to lower wages, and ineligibility to seek degrees of higher education in our state. The impact of a criminal record can short-change your entire life.
Expungement of a criminal record is not available for every crime or even in all circumstances for certain types of crimes you might expect could be expunged. We are experienced and qualified North Carolina criminal expungement attorneys. We welcome you to call our office in order to set up an appointment to discuss your eligibility to have your record expunged. We offer free, confidential consultations.