Drug Trafficking Arrests Include Current and Former UNC and Duke students

Last week, students from UNC and Duke were among 21 people who were arrested for allegedly running a large drug trafficking operation.  The operation included the sale of thousands of pounds of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

Prosecutors allege that between 2017 and 2020, drugs with a value of more than $1.5 million were shipped by mail from California and ultimately distributed in North Carolina.

Some of the most serious offenses carry sentences of 10 years up to life in prison.

North Carolina drug charges, such as possession of marijuana, PWISD marjuana, and trafficking marijuana can have serious penalties and consequences. If you are charged in Winston-Salem with  a North Carolina drug crime such as misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony possession of marijuana,  possession with intent to sell or deliver (PWISD marijuana), or trafficking in marijuana in Forsyth County or one of the surrounding counties, you need to speak with a Forsyth County criminal defense attorney.

Please call our office at (336) 725-6559 for a free consultation with an experienced Winston-Salem criminal defense attorney with over 20 years of experience and knowledge about drug charges.  We are ready to review your case and to discuss your options and possible defenses.

 

Felony Sentencing: I was charged with a felony. Is it mandatory that I go to jail?

One of the most common questions that I often receive is whether someone who is charged with a felony is required to go to prison.  The simple answer is “no”.  However, the answer is still more complicated that you think.

In North Carolina, individuals who are convicted of felony crimes are subjected to felony sentencing guidelines.  As a result, to determine whether an individual is required to serve an active sentence depends on two factors:  the class of felony and the individual’s prior criminal record.  Therefore, although a judge has a lot of discretion, the guidelines also assist the judge in determining the type of judgment that may be ordered.

For example, felonies in North Carolina range from class A (most serious) to class I (least serious).  All criminal charges are obviously serious matters, but the type of punishment varies greatly from the most serious class A felony (murder) to the lease serious class I felony (possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, etc.)

After determining the class of felony, it is then necessary to determine the individual’s prior criminal record.  For certain prior convictions, an individual will receive certain points, and those points will ultimately determine the individual’s record level for sentencing purposes.  The judge will then consider the felony conviction and the record level and issue a judgment based on the felony sentencing guidelines.

A felony conviction in North Carolina carries serious penalties and consequences.  If you are charged with a North Carolina felony in Forsyth County or one of the surrounding counties, you need to speak with a Forsyth County criminal defense attorney to represent you.  Please call our office at (336) 725-6559 to speak with an experienced and aggressive Winston-Salem criminal defense attorney.