For drugs such as heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, or methamphetamines, the state of North Carolina considers even simple possession to be a felony. On the other hand, possession of small amounts of marijuana or paraphernalia is only considered a misdemeanor, which can carry lighter penalties but still adversely affect your future. For these lesser charges, and even some low-level felonies, our law firm may be able to help you enroll in a diversionary program. Programs of this nature require you to perform community service or agree to take certain classes and in exchange, your charges may be dropped.
The most common program is called the 90-96 Program. The 90-96 Program allows the judge, in his or her discretion to voluntarily dismiss the charge of first-time offenders. After the dismissal is entered, the client is eligible to file an expungement that removes any record that the defendant was ever charged with the dismissed crime. In exchange for this opportunity to earn a dismissal, the program typically only requires that you take a drug or alcohol education class and refrain from picking up any new charges.
If you have been charged with drug trafficking in North Carolina, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Drug trafficking convictions carry mandatory prison sentences and very large fines that are non-negotiable. A key factor in this analysis is the quantity of the drugs. The charge of “possession with intent to sell and deliver” is less serious than a trafficking charge, and the difference between the charges is based solely on the amount of drugs. By addressing this and other key questions, the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison can help in your defense.