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What is Drug Possession?
Drug possession is a criminal offense that occurs when an individual is found in possession of controlled substances or illegal drugs. In North Carolina, it is important to understand that drug possession is a serious matter, and the laws surrounding it can be complex. The severity of the charges you face can vary depending on the type and quantity of the drug involved.
What are the Penalties for Drug Possession in North Carolina?
Understanding the potential penalties for drug possession is crucial. In North Carolina, the consequences of a drug possession conviction can be severe, and they depend on various factors, including the type of drug involved and the amount in possession. Here's a general overview:
- Misdemeanor Possession: Small quantities of drugs like marijuana may result in misdemeanor charges, which can lead to fines and probation. However, repeated offenses can lead to more severe consequences.
- Felony Possession: Possessing larger quantities or certain types of drugs can result in felony charges. Felony convictions can result in substantial fines, probation, mandatory drug treatment programs, and even imprisonment.
- Intent to Distribute: If it is believed that you intended to sell or distribute the drugs, the penalties can be even more severe, potentially resulting in lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines.
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Some common defenses against drug possession charges may include:
- Unlawful Search and Seizure: If law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights by performing an illegal search or seizure, the evidence could be inadmissible in court.
- Lack of Knowledge: You may not have known that the drugs were in your possession. Establishing your lack of knowledge can be a viable defense in some cases.
- Improper Handling of Evidence: The chain of custody and proper evidence handling are critical in drug possession cases. If there are irregularities in how the evidence was handled, it can weaken the prosecution's case.
- Medical Necessity: In some cases, individuals may possess drugs for legitimate medical reasons. If you have a valid prescription for the substance, this can serve as a defense.
Facing drug possession charges can be an extremely stressful and life-altering experience. At Chesnutt & Clemmons, we are your advocate, guide, and source of support during this difficult time. Our New Bern drug possession lawyers are committed to providing top-tier legal representation tailored to your unique situation. We will fight for your rights and work relentlessly to help you move forward with your life.
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