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Drug Crimes Archives

Do you need an appellate attorney for your criminal trial?

Imagine you lost your drug crimes trial and now you're awaiting sentencing. That's bad enough, but to make matters worse, you're innocent. You know that you didn't do the crime they've convicted you of, and you know that your criminal proceedings were completely unfair. What are your options?

Schedule I Drugs: What drugs have the severest punishments?

The federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) has established five primary classifications of drugs from Schedule I to Schedule V. Since the federal government considers the drugs in Schedule I to be the most dangerous class of drugs, these substances come with the severest punishments.

North Carolina sheriff's candidate charged with marijuana crimes

A sheriff's candidate and his son have been arrested and accused of committing drug crimes in Caldwell County. The 63-year-old man and his 30-year-old son were brought into custody by the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office after an investigation into their activities that lasted a month.

3 types of drug crimes charges

Drug crimes are some of the most common crimes that any individual can be accused of, but that doesn't make them any less serious. A drug crime conviction can send someone to prison for a long time if the charges are severe enough. Believe it or not, some individuals are even spending life sentences in prison for nonviolent, drug-related convictions.

Drug crime allegations: How to choose a defense attorney

No matter the circumstances of your arrest, if you've been charged with drug-related crimes, you're probably feeling stressed, vulnerable and scared. These feelings are certainly expected, but it's important to calm yourself and think in a level-headed and logical fashion because you're about to make a very important decision: You need to select a suitable defense attorney to represent you in your criminal proceedings.

Will a drug crimes conviction interfere with federal student aid?

North Carolina university students who benefit from federal student aid need to be aware that a drug crimes conviction could have serious and negative implications for their ability to continue receiving this aid. In fact, any state or federal drug-related convictions for possession, selling or trafficking drugs will count against your eligibility for student aid -- but only if the alleged crime happens while the individual is receiving student aid.

Intentional versus unintentional crimes

Sometimes North Carolina residents intentionally commit a crime -- perhaps by knowingly selling an illegal drug. Other times, they unintentionally commit a crime -- perhaps by accidentally walking away with someone else's cellphone or by breaking a law that they didn't know existed (or a law that they didn't fully understand). When a crime is committed by a defendant unintentionally, it's defined in two different ways by referring to it as either a "mistake in fact" or "mistake of law."

This man is spending life in prison for a nonviolent LSD crime

Federal authorities caught a man named Robert James Riley mailing LSD to a friend in 1993. The friend who received the LSD testified against Riley and received a minor sentence for the offense. Riley, on the other hand, was sentenced to life in federal prison without parole.

What criminal defense “story” is appropriate for your case?

Every criminal defendant has the right to his or her day in court. In many cases, this right can be of enormous benefit to a defendant, regardless of whether the defendant will be found guilty of the crime or not. In some cases, a chance for the defendant to tell his or her version of the story – even if that version of the story involves an admission of guilt – can help the defendant in terms of the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

Will the federal government lower North Carolina drug crime?

The U.S. Attorney's Office says it wants to reduce instances of drug crime in North Carolina's Eastern District. To do so, the U.S. Attorney's Office has issued an initiative that will serve to combat drug crime throughout the area, specifically focusing on violent drug crime.

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