Have you been arrested for drug trafficking? Under North Carolina law, possession of a controlled substance over a certain amount can result in a charge for drug trafficking. This charge carries a mandatory prison sentence—even for first-time offenders—if you are convicted.
We realize that the stakes are high, and are prepared to fight and win you a favorable ruling.
Know that you have rights—and that the criminal law attorneys at Wilson & Reives are dedicated to protecting every one of these rights. Drug trafficking carries a steep penalty, and your professional reputation and personal life are on the line.
What are your rights in a drug trafficking case?
You may be arrested for drug trafficking even if drugs are not under your control or in your physical possession. Police may push you quickly to cooperate in an investigation, and assure you that talking with them on the spot—without first talking with a lawyer of your choice—is in your best interests.
Know that you always have the following rights:
- The right to due process
- The right to remain silent and avoid self-incrimination
- Your Constitutional rights that insure you against unfair police searches, harassment and intimidation
You may feel that police did not have a right to stop you and search you, your home or vehicle for drugs, or that your search or arrest was in violation of your constitutional rights.
Charges against you can be dismissed or reduced if:
- Police did not have a valid reason to stop you
- Police did not have a valid reason to search you, your property or your vehicle
- Police cannot prove that you were in possession of the drugs in question
- You did not give free and voluntary consent to the search, or the police exceeded the scope of your consent
- You agree to talk with police confidentially and in the presence of your criminal law attorneys
Because there are scores of ways that a drug trafficking case can be defended and examined, it’s highly advised to have access to the experience and acumen of a seasoned criminal law attorney.
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.
How is drug trafficking defined?
Despite its name, drug trafficking has less to do with whether illegal drugs cross state lines and more to do with the amount of illegal drugs involved.
Consequences and sentencing for drug trafficking vary significantly depending on:
- The type and amount of the illegal drugs involved
- Where you were apprehended (for example, bringing an illegal substance into the country carries higher penalties)
- Your criminal history
There are many ways that a drug manufacturing case can be examined and defended, however—which is why a shrewd and experienced criminal law attorney is vital to have in your corner. Let your criminal law attorneys help you decide the best course of action to take, and your case will have the best chance at a positive conclusion.
What are North Carolina’s drug trafficking laws?
Trafficking in marijuana
- 10-49 lbs. can be punishable by 25-30 months imprisonment and a $5,000 fine
- 50-1,999 lbs. can be punishable by 35-42 months imprisonment and a $25,000 fine
- 2,000-9,999 lbs. can be punishable by 70-84 months imprisonment and a $50,000 fine
- 10,000+ lbs. can be punishable by 175-219 months imprisonment and a $200,000 fine
Trafficking in methamphetamines
- 28-199 grams can be punishable by 70-84 months imprisonment and a $50,000 fine
- 200-399 grams can be punishable by 90-117 months imprisonment and a $100,000 fine
- 400+ grams can be punishable by 225-279 months imprisonment and a $250,000 fine
Trafficking in heroin or opium
- 4-13 grams (-1/2 ounce) can be punishable by 70-84 months imprisonment and a $50,000 fine
- 14 grams (1/2 ounce)-27 grams (-1 ounce) can be punishable by 90-117 months imprisonment and a $100,000 fine
- 28+ grams (over 1 ounce) can be punishable by 225-279 months imprisonment and a $250,000 fine
Trafficking in cocaine (including crack)
- 28 grams (about 1 ounce)-199 grams can be punishable by 35-42 months imprisonment and a $50,000 fine
- 200-400 grams can be punishable by 70-80 months imprisonment and a $100,000 fine
- 400+ grams can be punishable by 175-219 months imprisonment and a $250,000 fine
Trafficking in MDMA
- 100-499 tablets can be punishable by 35-42 months imprisonment
- 500-999 tablets can be punishable by 70-84 months imprisonment
- 1,000+ tablets can be punishable by 175-219 months imprisonment
It’s time to speak with a lawyer
Drug trafficking cases can have life-long consequences. But choosing the right criminal law attorney can make a serious difference in both your outcome and your experience.
The criminal law attorneys at Wilson & Reives are here to provide you with trusted, effective and experienced legal counsel. We’re ready to work with you to win your case, so you can move forward with your professional and personal life.