Being accused of a crime such as drug possession is one thing. Being convicted of the crime is another. As with any kind of criminal charge, prosecutors will need to prove that the accused person was in possession of illegal substances and guilty of drug possession under the letter of the law. If the prosecution cannot prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant will remain innocent of the crime and will not face any kind of punishment.
Imagine you're riding in the car with your friend, and unbeknownst to you, your friend has the vehicle loaded up with drugs, drug paraphernalia and other illegal contraband. The police stop your friend in a routine traffic stop. The next thing you know, they're searching the vehicle, discover the drugs, and now -- virtually guilty by association -- you are facing all of the same drug charges as your friend.
Countless North Carolina residents get accused of drug crimes every week throughout the state. If you've been accused of a drug-related violation, you are certainly not alone. That said, there are a lot of different types of drug crimes you could face, and each of them could come with different penalties if a conviction occurs and depending on the type and quantity of the drugs involved.
When you're in the market for a criminal defense lawyer, you'll want to review your options carefully. Ultimately, you'll want to find a lawyer who you can enjoy working with, who you can trust and who has the level of expertise you require for the most favorable result possible. Since you're the one who's footing the bill, you'll want to treat your search for a lawyer as if you're hiring someone for a specific job.
The Nash County Sheriff's office arrested and accused three people of possessing hundreds of baggies of heroin that they were allegedly in the process of selling and distributing. According to the Sheriff's office, the men were arrested after a two-month investigation of suspected heroin trading activity at a home in Rocky Mount.
The problem of opioid and heroin addiction is getting worse every day in North Carolina. Also, as many readers of this blog are already aware, fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid that's taking the black market by storm. Numerous people have died from overdosing on fentanyl, heroin and other opioids in North Carolina -- and the situation doesn't seem to be getting any better.
The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested two men on a recent Thursday afternoon, alleging that they were in possession of 85 pounds of marijuana. The men, aged 24 and 21, were taken into custody at 3:20 p.m., in a neighborhood close to Interstate 40 and Lake Wheeler Road at the southern end of Raleigh.
Imagine you are a recreational drug user. From time to time, you call your drug dealer ask if you can buy something illegal. Because you call him or her regularly, your number is saved in your drug dealer's phone. So, if your drug dealer gets arrested, does this mean that police will have access to your phone number when his or her cell gets confiscated?
North Carolina residents accused of marijuana possession will have the right to defend themselves against their charges in criminal court. Furthermore, the individuals will not be convicted or punished until -- and only if -- they are proved guilty of their marijuana crimes beyond a reasonable doubt.
Prescription drugs are controlled substances, but -- because they serve a medical purpose -- North Carolina residents are legally permitted to take them and have them on their person if a doctor prescribes them. That said, what if you were carrying your prescription drugs, and they were not in the originally labeled bottle and a police officer arrested you for illegal drug possession?