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Marijuana Felony dismissed against Charlotte 94 year old WWII vet

Attorney Chris Connelly was honored to represent Douglas Ponischil in this marijuana felony case and secure a dismissal.  Mr. Ponischil is a 94 yo WWII combat veteran who survived a U Boat attack that left him in the dangerous waters of the Caribbean for several days until rescue.

Is it legal for a North Carolina police officer to sieze cash in a traffic stop?

It's been nearly two years since a North Carolina business owner was first pulled over by a state police officer who seized several thousands of dollars in cash that the man had in his possession. A subsequent traffic stop resulted in several more thousands of dollars in business-related proceeds being seized for a total loss of $130,000. Despite the fact that the man was never charged with any crime, the police officer was able to seize the assets under a program known as equitable sharing.

Defending against misdemeanor and felony drug charges

An arrest for misdemeanor or felony drug charges may result from a number of circumstances and scenarios. Penalties associated with a drug conviction can amount to thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison.  All drug convictions result in an individual having a criminal record and should therefore be taken seriously. North Carolina residents who are facing drug charges would be wise to exercise their right to remain silent and contact a criminal defense attorney.

U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on Fourth Amendment issues in NC drug case

When making traffic stops, police officers must follow and abide by certain procedural rules and laws. These laws exist to prevent officers from making indiscriminate and at-will traffic stops and help ensure that an individual's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated.

A drug trafficking conviction can have far-reaching repercussions

U.S. and North Carolina drug laws provide stiff penalties for individuals found to be in possession of or distributing illegal drugs. For individuals who are found to be in possession of illegal or prescription drugs and/or large amounts of cash, it’s likely that he or she will also face criminal drug trafficking charges.

Why mandatory drug sentencing reform is needed

Every day when North Carolina residents open the newspaper or turn on the T.V., there are stories about teens, men and women who have been sentenced to prison for drug-related crimes. According to the nonprofit Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the vast majority of individuals who are charged and subsequently convicted of drug crimes are non-violent offenders many of whom have no prior criminal record. Yet, in North Carolina and other states, a conviction of distributing or possessing a drug such as marijuana, cocaine or ecstasy means an individual is subject to mandatory drug sentencing laws and may spend years in prison.

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