DRUG TRAFFICKING LAWYERS
The Federal Government established Federal Drug Crimes, with the most common being Drug Trafficking, to combat the distribution of controlled substances across the country. North Carolina has its own set of Drug Trafficking laws, and the Federal Government has a totally separate set of laws aimed at stopping the illegal distribution of controlled substances. Federal Drug Trafficking Charges are generally harsher in terms of sentencing, but this also depends on the nature of the crime and the criminal background, age, work history of the person accused. Greensboro Drug Trafficking Cases are based on the quantity of the substance and the type of the substance involved.

North Carolina Drug Trafficking Lawyer

For North Carolina Drug Trafficking cases, sentencing or the amount of time a client is exposed to is based on the quantity of the substance involved in the case. A couple of rules that are particular to Greensboro Drug Trafficking cases are with reference to Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking in Drugs, Attempted Drug Trafficking, and in North Carolina we have our very own Felony Drug Trafficking Sentencing chart.

For North Carolina Drug Trafficking cases it’s important to note that prior record level does not matter. If you’re a first offender with no prior record charged with Felony Drug Trafficking you’d be facing the same sentence as someone who has a lengthy criminal history. For Greensboro Drug Trafficking cases, there isn’t a first offenders course, or some type of first offender’s program available. The Guilford County District Attorney’s Office will take the client’s record into account when they make a plea offer, however, first offenders and Level 6 offenders (highest record level in North Carolina) face the same amount of time and the same fines.

Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking charges are punishable by the same amount of time as if the person was charged with the target offense. For instance, let’s say a co-defendant of one of our clients is charged with Trafficking in Heroin and the quantity alleged is 6 grams. On the North Carolina Drug Trafficking sentencing chart, the co-defendant would be facing a mandatory minimum of 70 Months in custody with a mandatory fine of $50,000. If we had a prospective client meet with us and they were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking in Heroin then they’d be facing the same sentence even though they weren’t charged with the target offense, or in this case, Trafficking in Heroin between 4 – 14 grams. North Carolina Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking charges carry the same sentence as the Trafficking charge itself.

Attempted Trafficking charges are sentenced in an unusual way in North Carolina. North Carolina Attempted Trafficking cases are sentenced at the same offense level as the Trafficking charge, however, Attempted Trafficking is sentenced on the regular sentencing chart, and a client could be facing probation or mandatory time as a result of an attempted trafficking charge. Let’s take for instance the example listed above but instead of Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking in Heroin they’re charged with Attemtped Traffiking in Heroin and the total quantity alleged is 6 grams. In North Carolina this is a Class F Felony, however, the sentence they’d be facing would not be on the North Carolina Drug Trafficking Sentencing Chart, it would be on the regular North Carolina sentencing chart. So, for Attempted Trafficking in Heroin, on North Carolina sentencing chart, also would look at their prior record level.

Greensboro Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Our Greensboro Drug Trafficking Lawyers have listed a brief rundown of common North Carolina Drug Trafficking Charges as well as their sentences. If you’d like to learn more about Trafficking charges in North Carolina as well as see the chart the North Carolina School of Government has a lot of information located on their website.

Greensboro Marijuana Trafficking Lawyer

  • Marijuana Trafficking Charges begin at 10 LBS of Marijuana with a range of 10 LBs – 49 LBS. If a client were to be charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and be alleged by the State of North Carolina to have for example 25 LBs, this would be a Class H Felony, and they would be facing 25 Months up to a Maximum of 39 Months in Prison and a mandatory $5,000 Fine. Second Level Marijuana Trafficking Charges would be between 50 lbs – 1,999 lbs, and the client would be facing 35 – 51 Months in Prison and a mandatory $25,000 Fine. Trafficking or Conspiring to Traffic Marijuana between 2,000 lbs – 9,999 lbs results in a client facing a minimum of 70 months up to a maximum of 93 Months in prison with a mandatory $50,000 fine. The highest level of Marijuana Trafficking charges are when the client is alleged to have in excess of 10,000 lbs of marijuana. With a Drug Trafficking in Marijuana charge in excess of 10,000 lbs of Marijuana a client is facing a mandatory minimum of 175 Months – 222 Months in prison, with a mandatory $200,000 Fine.

Greensboro Cocaine Trafficking Lawyer

  • Cocaine Trafficking Charges begin at 28 Grams of Cocaine with a range of 28 – 199 grams. If a client were to be charged with Trafficking in Cocaine and be alleged by the State of North Carolina to have for example 100 grams, this would be a Class G Felony, and they would be facing 25 Months up to a Maximum of 39 Months in Prison and a mandatory $50,000 Fine. Second Level Cocaine Trafficking Charges would be between 200 grams – 399 grams, and the client would be facing 70 – 93 Months in Prison and a mandatory $100,000 Fine. Trafficking or Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine over 400 grams, results in a client facing a minimum of 175 months up to a maximum of 222 Months in prison with a mandatory $250,000 fine.

Greensboro Meth Trafficking Lawyer

  • Methamphetamine or Meth Trafficking Charges focus on the same quantities as Cocaine, however, these cases are sentenced at a higher level for the same quantity. Trafficking in Meth charges begin at 28 Grams of Meth with a range of 28 – 199 grams. If a client were to be charged with Trafficking in Meth and be alleged by the State of North Carolina to have for example 100 grams, this would be a Class G Felony, and they would be facing 70 Months up to a Maximum of 90 Months in Prison and a mandatory $50,000 Fine. Second Level Meth Trafficking Charges would be between 200 grams – 399 grams, and the client would be facing 90 – 120 Months in Prison and a mandatory $100,000 Fine. Trafficking or Conspiring to Traffic Meth over 400 grams, results in a client facing a minimum of 225 months up to a maximum of 282 Months in prison with a mandatory $250,000 fine.

Greensboro Heroin Trafficking Lawyer

  • Heroin Trafficking Charges focus on the same sentencing as Meth, however, with Heroin Trafficking cases, it requires far less heroin in North Carolina for it be charged as Trafficking. Also of note, Heroin cases include Opium and Opioids, and a recent law has added Fentanyl, to this statute. Fentanyl Trafficking falls under this law because Opioids are now included in the Heroin Trafficking statute as of December 1, 2018. Any fentanyl charge after Dec. 1, 2018, can fall under the Trafficking in Heroin statute, however, Fentanyl Trafficking cases prior to December 1, 2018, do not fall under the Heroin statute, and can only be charged as Possession of Opioids or Possession with the Intent to Sale and Deliver Opioids statutes. Trafficking in Heroin charges begin at 4 Grams of Heroin with a range of 4-13 grams. If a client were to be charged with Trafficking in Heroin and be alleged by the State of North Carolina to have for example 10 grams, this would be a Class F Felony, and they would be facing 70 Months up to a Maximum of 90 Months in Prison and a mandatory $50,000 Fine. Second Level Heroin Trafficking Charges would be between 14 grams – 27 grams, and the client would be facing 90 – 120 Months in Prison and a mandatory $100,000 Fine. Trafficking or Conspiring to Traffic Meth over 400 grams, results in a client facing a minimum of 225 months up to a maximum of 282 Months in prison with a mandatory $250,000 fine.

Federal Drug Trafficking Lawyer

Federal Drug Trafficking Cases have separate punishments and penalties and these are divided into categories, with each crime having it’s own guideline.

  • Trafficking and the Distribution is accusation of selling, delivering, or providing controlled substances illegally. The charge typically becomes a federal charge because of the quantity of the drugs involved and can carry 5 or 10 year mandatory minimum setences.
  • The Manufacturing of Drugs charge is a when a person plays a role in cultivating or manufacturing a controlled substance.
    • Cultivation is defined as harnessing the naturally occurring processes of illegal controlled substances, for instance growing marijuana would fall under the Cultivating Drugs charge.
    • Drug Manufacturing is the producing or creating more synthetic controlled substances through chemical process or in a laboratory, this would be the case with MDMA and Crack Cocaine, because these drugs are manufactured.
    • Drug Manufacturing Convictions can lead to a prison sentence that can carry 5 to 10 years mandatory minimum sentences, which also depends on the quantity of the drugs involved.
  • Drug Possession charges are the most common form of a drug charge in North Carolina. Drug Possession is simply the Possession of a Controlled Substance, which can be either either Actual Possession or Constructive Possession. Drug Possession sentencing again boils down to the type of controlled substance and quantity of it.
Defenses to Drug Trafficking Cases vary and are unique to each case. With the stakes being extremely high due to mandatory minimums with Drug Trafficking charges, it is vital that trafficking charges are met with an Aggressive Defense Strategy. One strategy for Drug Trafficking cases is a Motion to Suppress an aspect of the Police Investigation. With a Suppression Motion you can attack the methods employed by the law enforcement agency as a violation of the 4th Amendment which is your right against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures. If a Suppression Motion is successful, then it will enable us to keep out certain aspects of the case, including evidence procured by the agency.

Federal Drug Trafficking Cases are extremely common charges in the Federal System. The moment you find out you’re under investigation it is vital that you contact our Federal Drug Trafficking Lawyers so we can begin to create a strategy for your case. Our Criminal Lawyers here to help you with your case, contact us today.