Avoid Conviction with Conditional Discharge
If you've been arrested and charged with drug possession for the first time (and in rare cases sale or distribution), North Carolina law allows for "conditional discharge" in some cases.
In general, conditional discharge means that if you fulfill court-ordered substance abuse counseling and/or community service, you can avoid having a conviction entered on your record. In some cases, a good defense attorney can persuade a court to allow you to receive a conditional discharge, even if you have a prior drug conviction. See State v. Clark (January 20, 2015) (because defendant's prior drug conviction was more than 7 years prior, the court had the authority to conditionally discharge defendant's possession of cocaine charge).
This means no jail time. No criminal record. In other words, in those cases that allow for conditional discharge, your future will remain alive and well.
If you or a family member has been arrested on a drug charge, call defense attorney Patrick Roberts today at 866-630-2389. We will answer your questions about conditional discharge. You may also read below to learn more about who might benefit from this law and why.