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Winston-Salem Drug Possession Attorney
Passionate Defense in Forsyth & Guilford Counties
If you have been arrested or charged with a drug-related offense, you need the help of a competent attorney. At Eustache Law, our Winston-Salem drug possession lawyer is here to provide you with professional and personalized legal services. We will walk you through every step of the legal process and fight aggressively in your case. Let us help you today.
What Is Drug Possession?
Drug possession is the unlawful possession of a controlled substance. It is a crime to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance, unless you have a valid prescription from a medical doctor.
Possession can be actual, constructive, or joint. Actual possession occurs when the drugs are on your person. Constructive possession occurs when the drugs are in a place that you control. Joint possession occurs when two or more people share actual possession of the drugs.
What Are the Most Common Drugs Prosecuted?
Drug possession charges are most often associated with marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other illegal narcotics. However, it is also a crime to possess prescription drugs without a valid prescription.
What Are Common Defense Strategies for Drug Possession Charges?
There are a number of defense strategies that may be used in drug possession cases.
- Lack of knowledge that the substance was a controlled substance
- Lack of knowledge that the substance was in a place that you control
- Lack of control over the place where the substance was found
- Illegal search and seizure
When you retain Eustache Law, we will work with you to develop a customized defense strategy based on the unique details of your case.
What Are the Consequences of a Drug Possession Conviction?
The penalties for drug possession will depend on the type and amount of the controlled substance that was possessed. Criminal penalties may include jail time, fines, community service, and more. In any case, a conviction for drug possession will have a significant impact on your life. You may lose your driver's license and be unable to obtain housing or government benefits. You may also be ineligible to receive student loans or grants, federal jobs, and professional licenses. Additionally, a conviction may result in the loss of custody of your children or the termination of your parental rights.
Marijuana Possession in North Carolina
While many states have legalized medicinal and/or recreational cannabis, North Carolina is not one of those states. Possession and use of marijuana is still illegal in the state.
Possession of half an ounce or less of cannabis is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $200. However, possession of between more than half an ounce and 1.5 oz is a Class 1 misdemeanor, puishable by imprisonment for up to 45 days and a fine not exceeding $1,000.
Lastly, possession of more than 1.5 oz to 10 lbs is a Class I felony, which can result in imprisonment for up to 8 months and a $1,000, if convicted. Possession of over 10 lbs of cannabis can be charged as possession with intent to distribute, which carries harsher criminal penalties.
Hire a Drug Possession Lawyer Near You Today!
If you have been arrested for drug possession, you need to speak with our drug possession lawyer in Winston-Salem as soon as possible. At Eustache Law, we will provide you with the personalized attention you need and walk you through every step of the process. We will fight aggressively to protect your rights and future.
Harold took on my case and did his due diligence in getting the charges dropped. I appreciate him fighting for me.- Cornelous
Harold is the best criminal attorney in the area, and he always puts his clients first. I highly recommend!- Brittany
Harold is simply the best! Superior representation and excellent communication.Takes on the stress of the situation so that you don't have to!- Assam
Attorney Eustache is an incredible lawyer he is a former military officer, veteran and former prosecutor he helped me through a very difficult situation where I had no one to turn to in a very limited amount of time and I would recommend him to anyone in NC period give him a call.- Brian A.
Excellent service quick and friendly staff and He is very personable and hands on I am very happy with choosing Eustace Law.- Kim
Harold by far is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the triad area. He responded quickly to my request for representation for my ticket. He was able to work quickly to get my ticket reduced. If you ever need representation in the triad area, I would highly suggest Eustache Law!- Brian R.
I can name 5+ agencies that said they couldn’t take on my case, or that they didn’t have any options for me. Mr Eustache was the only Lawyer who accepted my case and gave me so much more hope for my future. I definitely recommend Eustache Law- Jordan K.
Mr. Eustache is definitely the best lawyer in Winston-Salem, and probably the best in North Carolina. I was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with the intent to kill. I looked up lawyers on YouTube and came across Mr. Eustache. I visited his office and met with him and his team, and he made me feel confident and very comfortable. Long story short we won the trial "Not Guilty"!! And now I can resume my life with my family. So if your looking for a lawyer in forsyth county, do yourself a favor and give Eustache Law a call.- Previous Client