Raleigh Drug Offense Lawyer
A drug is any biological substance that is consumed for non-dietary or non-medical purposes. In the United States., drugs are categorized as legal or illegal. Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, or unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin or Oxycodine. State and federal statutes strictly prohibit the use, manufacture, or distribution of all illegal drugs. If a person uses, sells, possesses, or manufactures an illegal drug, he/she can be charged with a drug crime. The state and federal government have adopted firmer drug laws and legal punishments. Navigating this framework of state and federal law requires a Drug Offense Lawyer in Raleigh with a thorough understanding of both the law and how the judicial system works. Drug charges range in seriousness from “simple possession” of marijuana or cocaine to “trafficking” charges. Trafficking occurs when a person possesses, sells, delivers, transports an illegal substance and it is over a certain amount. Trafficking charges are the most serious of all drug offenses and unlike many crimes there is a minimum mandatory jail sentence associated with each charge. There are only two ways to circumvent the minimum mandatory sentence:
- To provide “substantial assistance” to law enforcement.
- To win at a trial
Because of these reasons it is important to have an attorney who is knowledgeable about the laws and is qualified to win a trial should the circumstances require it. Nick Saparilas has successfully won acquittals as a Raleigh Drug Offense Lawyer in even the most serious trafficking cases.
There are many other drug offenses such as: Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver (PWISD), Maintaining a Dwelling or Vehicle, Simple Possession and Paraphernalia. It is important to retain a Drug Offense Lawyer as early as possible in any drug prosecution to gather all the necessary facts and begin attacking the State’s case at the onset.