College Student Possession
While drug possession cases are prevalent in many areas across North Carolina, Greenwood Law, in Winston-Salem, has wide ranging experience in cases involving college students charged with drug possession and drug possession with intent to distribute.
Our law office represents college students from Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, High Point University, North Carolina Agricultural, Guilford College, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts and several others. We know several college students engage in recreational use of drugs, including marijuana, and the students learn the hard way that misdemeanor drug possession charges are serious. These are not life-altering and can be addressed. However, if you have been charged with possession with intent to distribute, your future just hit a critical level.
We regularly represent people charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent on several colleges and universities throughout the Triad. Students need to be aware these charges are considered a criminal offense and most of these colleges and universities consider them a violation of the rules of student conduct. Parents and students need to understand these situations need to be addressed in the courts and throughout the school administration.
Penalties Of The Crime And Collateral Consequences Of The Charges
In North Carolina, possession of any drug for personal use is a misdemeanor offense. Possession with intent is much more serious. If the police believe that the drugs were possessed with the intent to deliver and not for personal use, then the charge would be a felony offense and will carry a more severe criminal penalty and collateral consequences. You must contact a lawyer as soon as possible to start working on a defense strategy.
Even if you are charged and convicted of a misdemeanor offense of drug possession, there is a possibility the sentence could include fines, court costs, a period of probation or incarceration and a suspension of driving privileges. A simple conviction of drug possession consequently results in a criminal record, and in North Carolina the laws for expungement of misdemeanor convictions are difficult at best. A criminal record affects your entire future, not only does it hinder your employment opportunities, but may prevent you from obtaining certain professional licenses. The only way to avoid the collateral consequences is to avoid a conviction of the drug possession charge; the way to avoid these charges is to hire an experienced drug defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Case Reviewed By Experienced College Criminal Defense Attorney
Our experienced drug defense lawyers will work to minimize the impact charges like this will have. We will not only help in the courts, but will walk you through the process of possible disciplinary action taken by your university or college. The impact of drug possession charges may be reduced by:
- Having the client participate in a pretrial diversionary program such as ARD
- Negotiating an agreement with the prosecuting attorney
- Seeking suppression of evidence based upon perceived violations of the law or Constitution
- Challenging the case at trial if necessary
Call Us Today For A Free Consultation
Getting a chance at a clean slate can be challenging if you do not know what you are doing. So why not put the law on your side? Contact us today by calling our Winston-Salem office at 336-794-6138 or by scheduling an initial consultation online. See how we can help you or your child get that well-deserved second chance.