Have you been charged with a drug offense? Despite the fact that public opinion regarding the stigma of drug possession is shifting, it is still a criminal offense under both North Carolina laws and Federal laws. Aside from jail time and fines, there are more significant consequences of a drug conviction. Potential consequences include having a permanent criminal record, available to any potential employer, loan officer, school admissions officer or landlord who runs a background check. Additionally, if you are not an American Citizen, you could potentially face deportation proceedings if convicted of a drug crime.
Drug convictions have a particularly negative effect on students. When filling out the FAFSA to qualify for financial aid, you must answer the question about whether you’ve been convicted of a drug-related offense. If you answer “Yes,” you will be ineligible for federal financial aid unless you complete a certain program. Current federal financial aid recipients may be required to pay a portion of their aid package back.
When it comes to drugs, virtually any actions with them may be illegal. Additionally, falsifying a prescription can lead to forgery or fraud charges. Other drug charges include:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession With Intent to Sell or Deliver
- Selling Drugs
- Manufacturing of drugs
- Drug Trafficking
Because the potential consequences for a drug conviction can reach far beyond your day in court, it is important to have a skilled attorney who will zealously fight for your legal rights. The attorneys at Guirguis Law, PA have extensive experience representing clients charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court. If you are charged with a drug crime, call our offices at 919-832-0500 to set up a free consultation.