The drug crime attorneys at Wilson, Reives & Silverman are dedicated to every case and driven to protect every one of our client’s rights. Whether your charge is minor or major, at the state or federal level, your professional reputation and personal life are on the line. We realize that the stakes are high, and are prepared to fight to clear your name.
Call (919) 775-5653 or contact us and set up a consultation to speak with one of our experienced drug crime attorneys about your case.
Our drug crime attorneys specialize in defending individuals charged with:
- Trafficking of a controlled substance
At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, you’ll get effective legal counsel from drug crime attorneys you can trust.
What’s the difference between drug charges?
If you’ve been arrested for a drug crime in North Carolina, you can be charged under several different statutes:
- Misdemeanor drug laws
- Felony drug laws
- Felony drug trafficking laws
- Federal drug laws and federal drug trafficking laws
This means that if you’re accused of trafficking in drugs, it’s possible for you to be charged by state or federal authorities. It’s even possible, though not the most common, for you to be tried and prosecuted by both the state and federal governments.
State laws vs. federal laws
Your criminal defense attorney can make sure that evidence is properly preserved, your privileges (such as driving) can be defended and your journey towards successful resolution can begin. Delaying could increase the severity of your situation, and also the chance that news of your charge can leak out into the public domain and damage your reputation.
Do you have to go to trial for a criminal charge?
First and foremost in your mind is how to avoid conviction for a crime of which you’re innocent. But if you’re concerned about your case going to trial, be sure that trial is not the only way to avoid a guilty plea or verdict.
You may be misrepresented in the filing
There are cases in which the primary source of information is a police report of the incident—and the average police report is limited in the kind of information it can include. Additionally, misstatements by witnesses, lies or exaggerations from the alleged victim, police bias and simple errors can all lead to the police report presenting the facts of your case incorrectly.
If the charges hinge on perception, you can certainly go to trial and hope for an acquittal. However, the trial process and its proceedings are stressful, risky, and expensive. Good drug crime attorneys can act on your behalf before things go to far.
You can intervene before charges
One of the best arguments for hiring a criminal defense attorney is pretrial communication—that’s when your lawyer can try to intervene before the prosecution files even files charges in your case. Particularly in misdemeanor cases, he or she can possibly explain the incident in a manner so that your case never reaches trial.
Are you a first-time offender?
North Carolina is a state that allows “diversion” for first-time offenders charged with certain drug crimes. Diversion is part of North Carolina’s structured sentencing system, which allows first-time offenders to receive a lesser sentence than those who have been convicted of drug crimes multiple times.
There are programs that can help first-time offenders avoid jail time. In some cases, at the conclusion of the “diversionary period,” some first-time offenders can even have their records cleared—allowing them to legally claim they’ve never been arrested or convicted of a drug crime.
It’s time to speak with a lawyer
Drug cases can have life-long consequences, but choosing the right drug crime attorney can make a serious difference in both your outcome and your experience.
The drug crime attorneys at Wilson, Reives & Silverman are here to provide you with trusted, effective and experienced legal counsel. We’re ready to work with you to win your case and clear your name, so you can move forward with your professional and personal life.