North Carolina is tough on anyone accused of a crime related to street drugs, setting long prison sentences even for nonviolent crimes. Because so many people feel that drugs are a serious threat, judges and juries are often hasty to convict people accused of drug crimes. Please visit this link to learn more about North Carolina Drug Classifications and Possible Penalties.
We understand that drug laws frequently punish nonviolent drug users far out of proportion to their crimes.
Peregoy Law handles all types of narcotics charges, in North Carolina state courts as well as in federal courts. That's important, because the law allows authorities to choose whether to charge a drug crime as a state crime or a federal narcotics crime. While state and federal law are similar, the federal government is most likely to step in when the case involves large amounts of drugs, Weapons offenses, border crossings, the military or substantial publicity.
Selling drugs, either on a small scale or as part of a trafficking or importation enterprise
Unlawful possession or receipt of a controlled substance is the most frequently charged narcotics violation in the state of North Carolina. Any substance on the federal or state lists of controlled substances may qualify ( including drugs that are legal with a valid prescription). If you don't have a valid prescription, the penalties change considerably depending on how much of the drug you possess, and how seriously the drug is scheduled.
Depending on the crime, a narcotics charge can draw you anything from a fine to decades in prison. But no matter what the charge is, drug crimes are very serious in North Carolina, with mandatory sentencing laws requiring prison time.
At Peregoy Law Offices, we believe that our function is to defeat any criminal charge levied against our clients. If the charge cannot be defeated outright, we presume our duties are to minimize the penalties our clients are facing. We can protect your rights by challenging illegally obtained evidence or pointing to evidence that raises reasonable doubt about the evidence. Unfortunately, not all of law enforcement's officials are honest. As such, they will frequently rely on different theories to try and gain a conviction. For example, possession cases frequently turn on "constructive possession," an idea that something found in your home or vehicle belongs to you -- which isn't always true. If it's appropriate in your case, we will negotiate aggressively with prosecutors to get you the fairest possible sentence. For nonviolent offenders and especially first offenders, we always fight for drug diversion programs (Drug Court) rather than jail.
Call William T. Peregoy, Attorney At Law, PLLC at 910-762-9668 today to resolve your drug offense in Wilmington or New Hanover County, North Carolina.