Drug charges carry serious consequences and penalties and should be responded to with a strong criminal defense strategy. In a North Carolina community east of the Statesville area, I man was recently arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop. The man was stopped for speeding but ended up facing multiple drug charges after police alleged they smelled the odor of marijuana in his vehicle.
According to authorities, police seized 20 grams of marijuana, 48 doses of Xanax, assorted paraphernalia and an assault rifle when they searched the car. The 20-year old man was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana; possession with the intent to sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance; marijuana possession; simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and felony maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled substance.
Individuals facing drug charges have important rights they should be familiar with. Criminal defense rights include the right to challenge any search or seizure that is unlawful. Authorities are required to follow certain procedures for the protection of individuals who are accused of crimes including when they search a home, vehicle or person. Criminal defense strategies focus on any violations of the accused individual's rights and protect the accused individual's rights if any violations have occurred.
Drug charges in North Carolina can lead to potentially harsh penalties which is why it is important to have a thorough understanding of the criminal defense options available. A strong criminal defense strategy focuses on the evidence alleged against the accused individual and makes efforts towards the reduction or elimination of the charges the accused individual is facing.
Source: The Courier-Tribune, "Speeding stop leads to drug charges near Robbins," Chip Womick, Aug. 14, 2017