At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly, attorney Chris Connelly has been aggressively defending clients accused of drug offenses for over 25 years and personally manages your case. He examines all aspects of the case, including the violation of your Constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure, when building your defense. Along with our staff at the Charlotte, North Carolina, office, attorney Connelly provides representation to clients that are facing a wide range of drug charges.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
If you were charged with a drug offense, do not talk to police. Talk to your lawyer. Contact our Charlotte firm to arrange a consultation.
Different Types of Drug Charges
Our firm is prepared to handle a wide range of cases in the state and federal courts of Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Mr. Connelly defends clients against charges including those involving the following:
- Possession with intent to sell or deliver
- Manufacture or cultivation of controlled substances
- Drug trafficking
- Drug paraphernalia
- Synthetic drugs, such as synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as "K2" or "Spice" and synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as "bath salts" and other drugs containing alpha-PVP
Drug charges against you can be dismissed or reduced if:
- The officer did not have a valid reason to stop you.
- The officer did not have a valid reason to search you, your home (or whatever place you were), or your vehicle.
- Your consent to the search was not free and voluntary or the officer exceeded the scope of your consent.
- If you agree to talk to the police officer in the presence of your attorney.
- The officer cannot prove that you were in possession of the drugs.
If charges are not dismissed, and they resulted from a chemical dependency, your case may be referred to North Carolina Drug Treatment Court (DTC). Drug court focuses on treatment rather than punishment. This disposition is not available on Trafficking cases or Federal cases.
Questions your attorney will ask:
- Did someone else own the vehicle you were in?
- Did someone else own the place you were in?
- Were there other passengers in your vehicle?
- Were there other people with you in the place where the drugs were found?
- In what part of the vehicle or place were the drugs found?
- How near to the drugs were you?
- Can the police prove that you were in control of the place where the drugs were found? (That you happened to be present is NOT proof that you were in control! Did the police find YOUR property, i.e., clothing, mail, papers at the place in question?)
Expunction of Certain Drug Offenses After a Finding of Guilty
A rather convoluted and complicated statute (NCGS 90-96) that intertwines with other equally convoluted and complicated statutes, the law allows for a number of scenarios wherein a guilty plea in a drug case can be dismissed and then expunged. These can include instances where someone who has no prior drug or felony convictions agrees to undergo drug education after they have been found guilty of:
- Certain controlled substance misdemeanors
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Drug possession felonies
In addition, NCGS 15A-145.2 allows for first offenders under the age of 21 to expunge certain drug offenses, even if they were convicted of Felony Possession. This expunction must be filed 12 months after the conviction. NCGS 15A-145.2(c)
After the Expunction is granted, employers, neighbors, customers, insurers, landlords (and just plain nosey people) looking into your background will find no official record of the charges that were expunged in any official governmental database.
When your case is important to you....
When experience counts...
Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation with our lawyer to discuss the drug charges you may be facing or other aspects of your drug arrest.
The Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Criminal Defense Attorney
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