DRUG CRIMES // DRUG TRAFFICKING
In North Carolina, drug trafficking can be charged when drugs exceed a certain quantity. That means mere possession - even without any evidence of intent to distribute or transport - can be charged as trafficking depending on the type and amount of drugs involved:
The penalties for a conviction are severe and include mandatory minimum prison sentences. For example, if you are convicted of trafficking 10 to 50 pounds of marijuana, you face a minimum of 25 months in state prison. A trafficking conviction for a large amount of cocaine or heroin could have you spending more than 20 years in prison.
Even if you were not found with drugs in your actual possession you can be charged with aiding or abetting, or constructive possession if drugs are found in your home or car. These charges carry the same consequences as a trafficking conviction.
The best way to protect yourself is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately after your arrest. Located in Greensboro, attorney Peter D. Zellmer has almost a decade of experience handling drug trafficking offenses throughout the triad area. He will fight to defeat your charges and fight to protect your rights.
If you've been charged with drug trafficking, who better to defend you than a former prosecutor? Before opening the law office of Peter D. Zellmer, PLLC, Mr. Zellmer spent time working as an Assistant District Attorney.
He knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system, and he knows what it takes to mitigate the potential negative consequences of a drug charge. He will draw on this inside knowledge and experience when developing your defense.
Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug offenses charged in North Carolina. You need to get serious about your defense. Do not wait another day to get legal help. Contact Peter D. Zellmer at 800-381-1224 for a free 30-minute phone consultation. Mr. Zellmer is available to meet with you in jail if necessary.