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How out-of-staters can fight North Carolina traffic violations

A North Carolina driver often experiences anxiety when they get pulled over by a police officer. In some matters, it is not clear why the driver was signaled to pull over, which could be due to the driver being out of state. Our firm understands that when an out-of-state driver faces a traffic offense, there is much stress involved. It might be challenging for the driver to travel back to the state to fight the traffic ticket, but out-of-state drivers should understand that they have various options when it comes to dealing with making a defense against a traffic violation.

Our attorneys realize that not all drivers traveling through the state of North Carolina are fully aware of the traffic or driving laws particular of the sate. While having no knowledge of the laws is not a defense, there are other options for the out-of-state driver to fight the ticket or multiple citations they received.

Understanding North Carolina misdemeanor drug possession

When individuals in North Carolina are arrested, they often consider the details of their arrest and what penalties they could potentially face. Although, it is more concerning for defendants when they are charged with major crimes, such as felonies, misdemeanors should be taken just as seriously, even though they are considered a lesser crime. No matter the type of misdemeanor, many could still carry serious consequences that could greatly impact the life of the defendant, which is why it is important to understand the charges, so they can make a strong defense.

According the North Carolina law, the possession of marijuana for personal use is considered a misdemeanor so long as the amount is 1.5 oz. or less. If the amount is greater or it is determined that the defendant's possession of the substance was intended for distribution, they could be charged with a felony.

What steps are involved when fighting a traffic ticket?

For some drivers in North Carolina, when they are pulled over they often question the reason. In addition, they wonder what type of consequences they could face and if they could fight these alleged traffic violations. Receiving a traffic ticket could mean enduring a hefty fine or worse. It could also mean harsher penalties, especially if the violation was severe or the driver has multiple traffic violations on record. Therefore, it is important to know what steps are involved when fighting a traffic ticket.

When a driver receives a traffic ticket he or she can either plead guilty and pay the fine attached to the ticket or plead not guilty and fight the ticket. If a driver decides to fight the ticket, he or she could go to court to challenge it. If successful, this strategy could lead to a dropped or a reduced traffic violation.

Two arrested for drug trafficking after yearlong investigation

Those accused of committing a crime often face serious consequences. When an individual is charged with a serious crime such as drug charges, if they are convicted, the penalties could be harsh. This is why it is important for the accused to fully understand their situation and the charges against them. This could assist them with a criminal defense and could result in reduced or even dropped charges.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement assisted in the yearlong investigation that resulted in the arrest of two men for drug trafficking. The undercover investigation took place in the Cameron area and authorities believe there will be more arrests following their recent arrests.

Developing a defensive strategy against drug charges

Facing allegations of any type of crime can be grave to the accused. The accusations alone can be detrimental to their personal and professional lives, and our firm understands the importance of initiating an immediate defense against any criminal charges a North Carolina defendant might face. With regard to drug charges, the individual could face serious penalties depending on the details of the crime they were accused of committing. In these situations, it is important to get a full picture of the situation so they can adequately navigate the legal system and develop a strong defense against the charges.

Our attorneys understand how a drug possession charge could impact the life of a defendant. This is especially true for those seeking to attend college, professional school or apply for a job. A drug conviction could make it challenging to attain an acceptance to a good school or obtain a good job. Because of the consequences the charges can cause, it is crucial a defendant understands their rights and options when it comes to mounting a defense.

Making a legal defense against drug possession charges

When residents of North Carolina are arrested for a crime, they often consider what legal defenses are available to them. In order to understand their defense options, accused individuals should seek to better understand the charges of which they are accused. This means understanding why they were arrested, the evidence collected against them, and the elements necessary for a conviction. With regards to drug charges, it is also important to consider what type of drug they are accused of possessing, distributing, or trafficking. This could impact the defense strategy and the potential penalties they could face.

In North Carolina, the consequences of a drug possession charge are outlined in Article 5. This Article focuses on the possession of a controlled substance and, according to the regulation, is described as a substance with a chemical structure that has a stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic effect of the central nervous system. The Article further outlines the different types of controlled substances and what categories under which they fall.

High court in North Carolina hears about illegal traffic stops

When drivers see the lights in the rear view mirror signaling them to pull over, they often have numerous questions running through their minds. They may wonder what they are being pulled over for and what kind of penalties they might face. While traffic violations can add up, a traffic stop could also lead to additional allegations and other charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently handling a case that addresses the issues of illegal traffic stops. Specifically, the case focuses on other criminal charges, such as drug charges, resulting after an officer wrongly stops a vehicle.

Winston-Salem man arrested, faces robbery and other charges

When a suspect is arrested on suspicion of a crime, it is important that they understand the details of the situation and the charges they face. This will ensure the defendant understands the seriousness of the consequences they could face while also helping them with their defense.

Authorities in Winston-Salem recently arrested a man suspected to be connected to an armed robbery of an area pharmacy. According to preliminary reports, the 55-year-old suspect was arrested after he allegedly threatened an employee of the pharmacy with a knife and demanded prescription medicine. Police said that the man left the pharmacy with an undisclosed number of prescription pills.

Navigating defense options for a traffic violation

Drivers in North Carolina may be stopped by law enforcement for various reasons. When drivers are suspected of a traffic violation, our firm understands that individuals fear how it will affect their lives and driving abilities. In some cases, a traffic violation could lead to serious penalties, especially if a misdemeanor charge resulted from the incident or violation. Because serious consequences could result, such as a revoked or suspended driver's license, harsh fines and even jail time in some instances, drivers should be aware of their defense options in order to reduce or eliminate the impact that the charges could have on their lives.

Even when a traffic violation appears to be very minor and could have little impact on the life of the driver, even a simple traffic violation can result in the loss of a driver's license. If, for example, the driver has previous violations on his or her record, these violations can quickly add up and lead to costly fines and a suspended license.

Understanding drug trafficking charges and defense options

When a defendant in North Carolina is facing a criminal charge, they often seek to fight the charges and avoid any harsh penalties. In order to establish the strong defense they are entitled to, it is important that they fully understand the charges against them. With regards to drug charges, defendants should be aware that the details of the allegations against them could significantly impact the potential penalties against them. The reduction of a drug trafficking charge or a drug possession charge could reduce the consequences the defendant faces. This is why it is important to understand possible defense strategies that could eliminate or reduce the charges against them.

A drug trafficking charge is considered a felony, which means that it carries much serious penalties than a drug possession charge. This means that the defendant is suspected of selling, transporting or importing an unlawful controlled substance. This includes illegal drugs as well as prescription drugs.

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