Charges of possession of illegal substances such as marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, LSD, PCP, methamphetamines and cocaine can be challenged. A simple mistake may have lifelong consequences if the case is not handled properly. If you have been charged with drug possession, you need a strong defense.
Over 25 Years of Experience in Drug Possession Defense
At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly, Charlotte drug possession attorney Chris Connelly has over 25 years of criminal defense experience. In that time, he has defended many clients against charges, often getting charges dismissed or reduced before trial.
Contact our Charlotte drug possession lawyer for a consultation or call our Charlotte law office at 704-376-9376. Protect your rights and do not talk to police.
Whether Mr. Connelly is able to have the evidence against you thrown out based on an illegal search and seizure, arrange a favorable plea bargain, or argue on your behalf in front of a judge and jury, he will apply his many years of experience to your defense. He understands how to present a case in the a persuasive way to the prosecutor and the judge.
North Carolina Drug Possession Crimes
Possession of certain substances and drug paraphernalia, set forth in N.C.G.S. Article 90, is prohibited under most circumstances. These include:
- Meth (methamphetamine)
- 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
If the officer thinks that you had a quantity that would constitute more than (in his opinion) an amount for personal use, he can charge you with Possession with Intent to Sell/Deliver. This carries penalties that are substantially more severe. Possession of certain amounts can result in a Trafficking offense that carries a mandatory prison sentence, even for a first-time offender.
The Police Want Me to Cooperate Against Other People
Law enforcement will frequently try to convince, or even coerce you into giving a statement with false promises of favorable treatment. Whatever benefit you get from talking to police is far outweighed by the damage you may do to your case. The most important thing to remember if confronted by law enforcement is to say and do nothing.
When your case is important to you...When experience counts...
Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail us to schedule a consultation with our Charlotte drug possession lawyer about a drug arrest or drug charges, including charges of drug possession and drug trafficking. We can also discuss the expungement of your criminal record.
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?)
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