Drug Charges Case Results

Charges: Felony Possession with Intent to Sell Cocaine, (M) Possession of Marijuana, and (M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (N.C.G.S. § 90-95)

Facing: 8-19 Months in Prison
Result: Misdemeanor plea with Unsupervised Probation

North Carolina vs. N.K. - Our client was involved in a narcotics buy-bust by officers with the Hertford County Sheriff's Department, who located approximately 21 grams of crack cocaine as well as more than one ounce of marijuana in our client's vehicle. After making a strong argument to the district attorney that our client's constitutional rights were violated through the use of uncorroborated tip from an informant resulting in an illegal search, all felony charges against our client were dismissed. He pled guilty to a minor misdemeanor and was sentenced to unsupervised probation, allowing him to return to his job and family in another state.

Attorney: KMM

Charges: Felony Possession of Cocaine (N.C.G.S. 90-95)

Facing: 6-17 Months in Prison
Result: Dismissed without Deferral or Diversion Program

North Carolina vs. A.S. - Our client was one of several individuals in a vehicle stopped by law enforcement for a minor traffic infraction. The vehicle stop was quickly transformed into a full scale drug investigation when, prior to the car stopping in response to the officer's blue lights, one of the individuals in the car threw an unknown object out the window. Police later found a small baggie containing cocaine, and all of the occupants of the vehicle were charged with Felony Possession of Cocaine. After presenting compelling evidence of innocence to the prosecutor, including the client's passed drug test within hours of the arrest, all charges were dismissed.

Attorney: KMM

Charges: Trafficking Opium or Heroin; Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping a Controlled Substance; Simple Possession of a Schedule III Controlled Substance

Facing: 225-282 months
Result: Deferred prosecution for dismissal

State v. M.T. - Client's home was searched, pursuant to a warrant, and over 28 grams worth of oxycodone pills were found in her bedroom. Client admitted to law enforcement that the pills belonged to her. We filed a Motion to Suppress the results of the search warrant based on lack of probable cause. We presented our motion to the Assistant District Attorney, along with documentation of our client's background, ongoing education, and work history. We also presented drug screens from our client after the date of the arrest, demonstrating our client's reformed behavior. We were able to persuade the District Attorney to reduce the charges to Felony Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance. We went even further and persuaded the sentencing judge to allow our client to enroll in a drug deferral program, whereby our client will secure a dismissal of all charges in one year.

Attorney: MJM

Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin (21 U.S.C. § 846), and Distribution of a Quantity of Heroin (3 Counts) (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1))

Facing: 120 years
Result: 56 months

United States of America v. L.J. - Our client was indicted on federal drug charges including three counts of Distribution of a Quantity of Heroin and one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin. Because of a prior felony drug conviction, our client was facing a sentence enhancement pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 841(b), resulting in a possible sentence of 120 years. We convinced the United States Attorney not to pursue the sentence enhancement and negotiated a plea deal in which our client pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin in exchange for the dismissal of the three counts charging Distribution of a Quantity of Heroin. In a sentencing memorandum before the Judge, we argued and were able to obtain a significantly reduced sentence of 56 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 280 Grams or More of Cocaine (21 U.S.C. § 846), and Possession with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack) and a Quantity of Cocaine (2 Counts) (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)).

Facing: 20 years to life
Result: 66 months

United States of America v. G.O. - Our client was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 280 Grams or More of Cocaine and two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base and a Quantity of Cocaine. Because of a prior felony drug conviction, our client was facing a sentence enhancement pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 841(b). As a result, our client was facing 20 years to life in prison. We convinced the United States Attorney not to pursue the sentence enhancement and negotiated a plea deal in which our client pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute 280 Grams or More of Cocaine and the State dismissed the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base and a Quantity of Cocaine. We argued and successfully negotiated for a significantly reduced sentence of 66 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana (N.C.G.S. § 90-95), Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7)), and Conspiracy to Sell or Deliver Marijuana (N.C.G.S. § 90-98)

Facing: 12-35 months
Result: Supervised probation with a 45-day suspended sentence

North Carolina v. P.S. - Our client was pulled over for a traffic violation and was found to be in the possession of a large amount of marijuana and multiple cell phones. We were able to negotiate the dismissal of the felony charges. Our client pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was put on supervised probation for 24 months and received a 45-day suspended sentence.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking Cocaine (2 Counts) (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(3)), Felony Maintaining a Vehicle, Dwelling, or Place for Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7)), Possession of Marijuana up to 1/2 Ounce (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(3)), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (N.C.G.S. § 90-113.22)

Facing: 76-120 months
Result: Dismissed

North Carolina v. T.S. - Police stopped our client's girlfriend after she left our client's house. She was found to be in the possession of ounces of crack. Our client was subsequently charged with two counts of Trafficking Cocaine, Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana up to One-Half Ounce, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. We filed a motion to suppress challenging the stop of our client's girlfriend and its connection to our client. The Assistant District Attorney made a plea offer. We rejected the offer and continued to challenge the stop and its connection to our client and the Assistant District Attorney dismissed the charges.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking in Opium by Possession (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)), Trafficking in Opium by Transport (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)), Trafficking in Opium by Sale (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)), Trafficking in Opium by Delivery (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(4)), Maintaining a Motor Vehicle (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7)), Possession of Marijuana up to 1/2 Ounce (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(3)), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (N.C.G.S. § 90-113.22), and Carrying a Concealed Weapon (N.C.G.S. § 14-269(a1))

Facing: 286-391 months
Result: 13-25 months

North Carolina v. M.G. - Our client was found to be in the possession of prescription drugs from his job site. He was accused of selling the prescription pills to a friend who also sold pills. We negotiated a non-trafficking resolution in which our client pled guilty to Selling Opiates and Larceny by Employee in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges. Our client was sentenced to 13-25 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking Cocaine (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(3)), Trafficking Heroin (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)), Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Cocaine (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1)), Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Heroin (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1)), Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Morphine (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1)), Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1)), Felony Possession of Marijuana (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(d)(4)), and Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7))

Facing: 197-312 months
Result: Dismissed

North Carolina v. L.M. - A search warrant was executed on our client's home after her husband was stopped for a traffic violation and found to be in the possession of marijuana. As a result of the search warrant, our client was indicted on the above charges. We argued that our client was not involved or connected to her husband's actions and persuaded the Assistant the District Attorney to dismiss all charges pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 90-96.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1)), Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7)), Simple Possession Schedule III Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(3)), Simple Possession Schedule IV Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(3)), Resisting Public Officer (3 Counts) (N.C.G.S. § 14-223), DWI (N.C.G.S. § 20-138.1), and 3 other Traffic Violations.

Facing: 12-39 months
Result: Unsupervised probation with 60- and 45-day suspended sentences

North Carolina v. G.G. - We negotiated a misdemeanor plea deal for our client that allowed him to plead guilty to a DWI and Misdemeanor Maintaining a Vehicle for a Controlled Substance in exchange for the State dismissing all felony charges and the remaining misdemeanor charges. Our client received 12 months of unsupervised probation and a 60-day suspended sentence for the DWI, and 12 months of unsupervised probation and a 45-day suspended sentence for the misdemeanor Maintaining a Vehicle.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Conspire to Traffic Opium or Heroin (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)) and Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(1))

Facing: 78-112 months
Result: 6-17 months

North Carolina v. R.P. - Our client was accused of selling opiates and charged with Conspiring to Traffic Opium or Heroin. He was facing a minimum of 78 months. We were able to negotiate a non-trafficking resolution in which our client pled to Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell, or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance and he received a 6-17 month sentence.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone and Hydrocodone (21 U.S.C. § 846), Distribution of Oxycodone (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)), and Distribution of Hydrocodone (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b))

Facing: 15 years to life
Result: 66 months

United States of America v. M.R. - Our client was indicted on federal drug charges of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, Distribution of Oxycodone, and Distribution of Hydrocodone. After negotiating a dismissal of both distribution charges in exchange for a plea to the conspiracy charge, our client was facing up to 20 years in prison. The Presentence Investigation Report stated the guideline imprisonment range was 108-135 months. We argued that the discrepancies in drug quantity between the witness testimony and factual investigation supported an imprisonment range of 57 to 71 months. Our client received 66 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of a Mixture and Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Synthetic Marijuana (21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 846), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of a Mixture and Substance Containing a Detectable Amount of Synthetic Marijuana (2 Counts) (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)), Offer for Sale Drug Paraphernalia (2 Counts) (21 U.S.C. § 863), Receiving in Interstate Commerce and Introducing into Interstate Commerce Drugs Which Were Misbranded, Aiding and Abetting (18 U.S.C. § 2 and 21 U.S.C. §§ 331(a), (c))

Facing: 67 years
Result: 5 months

United States of America v. H.S. - Our client participated in the sale of K2 and Bath Salts that contained synthetic chemicals mimicking those that constitute marijuana and methamphetamine and cocaine. The drugs were picked up in one state and sold in various other states. The drugs were also misbranded. We negotiated a plea in which our client pled guilty to misdemeanor Adulteration or Misbranding of any Food and Drug, Aiding and Abetting, in exchange for the dismissal of all other charges. Our client was sentenced to 5 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking Opium or Heroin (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)) and Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(10))

Facing: 233-301 months
Result: 72-96 months

North Carolina v. F.D. - This case had been ongoing for years before we took it over from another attorney. Our client had previously pled guilty to Trafficking More than 28 Grams in Opium and Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery. His plea was appealed and withdrawn. Despite our client's high prior record level, we were able to negotiate a resolution that saved him 13-17 years. Our client pled guilty to Attempted Trafficking in Opium and the State dismissed Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud. Our client was sentenced to 72-96 months.

Attorney: APR

Charge: Trafficking Marijuana by Possession (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(1))

Facing: 35-51 months
Result: Unsupervised probation with a suspended sentence of 6-17 months

North Carolina v. B.V. - As a result of interstate marijuana shipments, our client was charged with trafficking 50 pounds or more of marijuana. He was facing a mandatory minimum of 35 months in prison. We negotiated unsupervised probation for 36 months with a suspended 6-17 month sentence in exchange for a plea to Attempted Trafficking in Marijuana.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking in Synthetic Cannabinoids (2 counts) (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(1a)), Possession of a Synthetic Cannabinoid (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(a)(3)), and Felony Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substance (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(7))

Facing: 152-220 months
Result: Dismissed

North Carolina v. A.W. - Our client was pulled over for expired tags and a search revealed that he was in possession of pounds of fake synthetic cannabinoids. We discovered that our client's tags were not expired and were valid by one day. We filed a motion to suppress challenging the reasonable suspicion to stop on the ground that the tags were not expired and the charges against our client were dismissed.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking Opium (N.C.G.S. § 90-95(h)(4)), and Felony Obtaining Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery (N.C.G.S. § 90-108(a)(10))

Facing: 231-299 months
Result: 16-29 months

North Carolina v. J.P. - We negotiated a plea deal in which our client pled guilty to Attempted Trafficking of Opium and the State dismissed the felony Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Forgery. Our client was sentenced to 16-29 months.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Possession with Intent to Distribute a Mixture and Substance Containing a Detectible Amount of Marijuana (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1)), and Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(A))

Facing: 15-20 years
Result: 72 months and 3 years of supervised release

United States of America v. T.D. - Law enforcement seized kilograms of marijuana, a colt .45 caliber pistol, a shotgun, and a 12 gauge shotgun from our client. Our client was then charged and pled guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. Our client's guideline range under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines was initially 106-117 months based on a quantity of marijuana greater than 100 kilograms. We filed objections disputing the amount of marijuana. As a result, our client's revised guideline range was 84-90 months. In a sentencing memorandum before the judge, we successfully argued for a downward variance in our client's sentence. He received 72 months and 3 years of supervised release.

Attorney: APR

Charges: Trafficking Hydrocodone by Possession, Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Medication Without a Prescription, and Speeding

Facing: 90-117 months
Result: Felony Probation

State v. A.G. - Our client was indicted on charges of Trafficking Hydrocodone, Possession with Intent to Sell Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances, and Speeding. We negotiated a plea deal with the Assistant District Attorney to drop the Felony Drug Trafficking charge. The Speeding charge was also dismissed. Our client pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Sell and Distribute Hydrocodone and Maintaining a Vehicle for Controlled Substances. Our client received a suspended sentence of 11- 14 months and was placed on supervised probation for 24 months.

Attorney: APR

Charge: Trafficking In Opium (3 counts), Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Sell & Deliver Oxycodone, Sale & Delivery of Cocaine, Sale & Delivery of Oxycodone

Facing: 302 - 391 months
Result: 6 - 8 months

North Carolina v. B.M. - Law enforcement arrested our client, a foreign national, after he made drug sales to an informant on three separate occasions. Our client admitted his involvement to law enforcement. We argued that our client suffered from a severe drug addiction and provided documentation to the Assistant District Attorney that supported our position. We were able to persuade the court to not sentence our client to the maximum possible punishment at the sentencing hearing.

Attorney: APR

Charge: Trafficking In Oxycodone (5 Counts)

Facing: 29 - 35 years in prison and a fine of $250,000
Result: Felony Probation

North Carolina vs. J.A. - Our client was accused of selling prescription pills to an informant working for law enforcement. She faced a mandatory jail sentence if convicted as charged. We were able to convince the prosecution that our client had a severe addiction problem and should not be treated as a common drug dealer. The charges were reduced to sale of Oxycodone, possession with intent to sell Oxycodone and delivery of Oxycodone. The client received two years probation.

Attorney: APR

Charge: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug-Trafficking Crime

Facing: 14 - 16 years in prison
Result: 65 mos.

U.S. vs. E.A. - Our client was charged in State court with multiple counts of trafficking cocaine. He was indicted in federal court and pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Cocaine and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. At the sentencing hearing, the government's recommendation was for an active sentence of 108 - 135 mos. followed by 60 mos. Thus, our client was facing 14 - 16 years. We argued that a 65 month sentence should be imposed and the judge agreed.

Attorney: APR

Charge: Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Facing: 6 - 8 months in prison
Result: Dismissed

North Carolina vs. M.S. - The State alleged that our client assisted her incarcerated co-defendant by hiding some hiding illegal mushrooms from law enforcement. The evidence included a recorded conversation between our client and her co-defendant. Once the co-defendant pled guilty, we were able to negotiate a dismissal of our client's charges.

Attorney: APR

Disclaimer: The listed cases are illustrative of the types of cases handled and do not represent the entire record of cases handled by the firm. The outcome of a particular case is based upon a variety of factors and cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or law firm's past results. The penalties listed for each case are the maximum amount of time the client was facing, based upon the structured sentencing guidelines and taking into consideration each client's criminal record at that time. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.