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Ways to deal with a drug trafficking accusation

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Firm News

A drug trafficking allegation can be frightening and the legal repercussions can be severe. Even if you are wrongfully charged, the justice system may be intimidating and lead to life-changing consequences. Remember, you have rights, and there are steps you can take to protect yourself from potential convictions or incarceration.

Practice your right to stay silent

Upon an arrest, you should have heard some version of your Miranda rights, including your right to remain silent. The right to stay silent protects you from saying something the police or prosecutors later use against you. Even seemingly harmless comments can lead to misunderstandings and can be taken out of context.

To avoid saying something that comes back to haunt you, you can politely but firmly refuse to answer questions until you speak with an attorney.

Know what the charges are

Understanding the potential charges may help you figure things out. Drug trafficking charges differ depending on the type of drug and the amount. For example, in North Carolina, possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor for first-time offenders but can lead to more significant consequences if an individual is a repeat offender.

Build a strong defense

The police and investigators will gather the evidence and information to support your case. This includes alibis, receipts or documentation disproving ownership of drugs. Sharing this with your legal advisor may help them build a strong defense for your case.

What are the penalties for a drug trafficking conviction?

In North Carolina, drug offenses can either lead to a misdemeanor or a felony charge. If a person is selling, manufacturing, delivering, or transporting methamphetamine, cocaine, or fentanyl in copious quantities, it falls under the classification of a felony. If convicted, an individual may face 35 to 51 months of jail time and pay a $50,000 fine.

A drug trafficking accusation is a serious matter. While this can be a stressful experience, knowing your rights and exercising them are crucial to get the best possible outcome.