Meth is a highly addictive drug that can carry a significant stigma, as well as serious legal penalties. If you are accused of possession of methamphetamines, you need the assistance of a local, aggressive defense lawyer, someone who will advocate on your behalf when it feels like your back is against the wall.
Maybe you had meth in your pocket and were patted down by police. You could be facing charges after someone left the drugs in your car. There are countless scenarios that can lead to a methamphetamine possession charge. Fortunately, there are many options to minimize the potential damage such charges can cause as well.
You don’t have to face these charges alone. You are looking at jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal history. It’s okay to admit you need help, and we may be the firm to provide it.
North Carolina Meth Laws & Penalties
Under North Carolina law, methamphetamines are classified as Schedule II substances. This means they have a fairly high risk of addiction, like cocaine. It’s because of this that possession of meth is classified as a Class 1 Felony, a serious criminal offense.
A Class 1 Misdemeanor, if convicted, carries up to 1 year in jail, fines, and the potential to lose your driving privileges. These are just the legal penalties. As you can probably imagine, a conviction like this can also damage your reputation and your employment.
Possible Solutions & Legal Defenses
No two meth possession cases are the same. And because of this, no two defense strategies are exactly alike. By giving your case individualized attention it deserves, your attorney can craft a defense strategy in order to help you get the best results possible on your case.
The majority of meth possession cases result in a plea agreement. This simply means you agree to plead guilty on the condition that you receive a more lenient sentence. Many defendants avoid jail time in a plea agreement, though the terms of the agreement vary widely from case to case.
If you are committed to not pleading guilty, your attorney can fight your case in court, looking out to ensure your rights are protected and challenging the prosecution’s case when they are not. From requesting the evidence be thrown out to motioning the court to dismiss the charges, there may be many opportunities for relief in the courts.
Finally, there are other incarceration alternatives available, especially for first time offenders. Drug courts and diversion programs are designed to divert you away from criminal court and get your life on track. Your defense attorney will help you to determine your eligibility for such programs.
If you are charged with methamphetamine possession, you need someone on your side looking out for your rights and your best interests. Contact our offices today for a free consultation on your case.