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Raleigh, NC Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys

Charlotte Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys

Lawyers in Wake County for Clients Facing Drug Distribution Charges

Every state maintains a variety of laws pertaining to the possession of illegal drugs, as well as the manufacturing and distribution of controlled substances. These laws tend to vary greatly based on the specific jurisdiction and the amount of drugs in question. Penalties for possessing drugs for personal use are generally much less severe than those that are associated with possession with intent to distribute or drug trafficking.

At Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we know that North Carolina's drug laws are among the strictest in the country. We also know that when you are facing charges of drug trafficking or distribution, you need a lawyer who will do everything possible to protect your best interests and your future. Our skilled attorneys have more than 35 years of criminal law experience, and we are equipped to assist you, no matter how serious the charges against you may be.

Drug Distribution in North Carolina

The vast majority of the statutes that address drug crimes in North Carolina are contained in the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act. Under the Controlled Substances Act, illegal drugs are broken down into categories—known as schedules—based on their accepted medical use, the danger of addiction, and other factors. The law also prohibits the unauthorized possession of such drugs, both for personal use and for the purposes of distributing them to others.

If you are accused of possession with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture, in North Carolina, you will almost certainly face felony charges. The severity of your specific charges, however, will depend on the type of drug and how much was found in your possession. The attorneys at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC will help you understand the charges you are facing, as well as the penalties associated with a conviction.

Charlotte Counsel for Drug Trafficking Charges

When most people think of "drug trafficking," they commonly believe it refers to transporting large amounts of drugs across state lines or between cities. Under North Carolina law, however, drug trafficking is a large-scale type of drug distribution, and charges are based on the amount of a particular substance that a person is accused of possessing. The threshold amount for drug trafficking charges depends on the specific drug. For example, if you are accused of possessing 10 pounds or more of marijuana, you could face trafficking charges. If the drug is cocaine, the possession of 28 ounces or more is considered a trafficking offense. For heroin, the threshold is a mere four grams.

At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we know that North Carolina law does not require prosecutors to prove that you had intentions or plans to sell or transport the drugs to anyone else. They must only prove that you possessed the specific amount of the drugs.

Drug trafficking is always a felony in North Carolina. The charges will vary depending on the type and the amount of the drug, but a conviction is likely to result in jail time in most cases. You could also face expensive fines and a permanent mark on your criminal record.

Johnston County Attorneys Working for You

It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested on charges related to drug distribution or trafficking. You should also refuse to answer any questions asked by the police or other law enforcement agents until your attorney can be present. The stress and uncertainty of the situation could cause you to inadvertently provide the police with information that could be used against you in the future.

At Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our skilled lawyers are ready to help you protect your rights during questioning. From there, we will conduct a thorough review of the circumstances that led to your arrest. We will also look at the evidence that the state may have, along with the details of how the evidence was obtained. If the evidence was found in an unlawful search, for example, we may be able to get the charges against you dismissed altogether. When appropriate, we will negotiate on your behalf with prosecutors toward a plea deal that protects your future, but we are fully prepared to defend your innocence at trial if necessary.

Schedule a Free Consultation

For more information about our firm and our approach to drug trafficking and distribution cases, contact our office today. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 for a free, confidential consultation at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC. We represent clients in Raleigh, Charlotte, Smithfield, Wake County, Johnston County, Mecklenburg County, and the surrounding areas. Hablamos Espanol.

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