Criminal Law: Drugs & Drug Offenses

If you are accused of possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia you should immediately seek legal help. The McGee Law Firm offers experience, compassion, and helpful advice. James W. McGee Jr. has been listed in Best Lawyers of American 2013-2017,and in the Legal Elite in 2013. He's ready to help you too!

So you're aware, drug paraphernalia can be considered bongs, a pipe, rolling papers, scales, grinding devices, a roach clip, etc. A simple charge of drug possession can have long term consequences. It may interfere with college applications, job prospects, even with getting a place to live.

Whether you're facing a misdemeanor or a felony drug charge in NC, we can guarantee we will listen, explain your defense options, and that we will investigate whether the police had a valid reason to stop you, search you, your house or car, and if the police can prove you are in possession of drugs.

At McGee, we've represented clients for both drug possession (marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, methamphetamines, narcotics, and prescription drugs) and for possession of drug paraphernalia, drug sales, drug manufacturing and drug trafficking.

Drugs are labeled by schedules based on how addictive they are.

  • Schedule I – Drugs that are deemed to be the most addictive and dangerous. They often have no medical use and may include substances such as heroin and LSD.
  • Schedule II - Drugs with a high risk of addiction, but they may have medical use like opium and amphetamines.
  • Schedule III - Less dangerous, but have a risk of abuse and include some depressants and steroids.
  • Schedule IV - Slight risk of dependency and are usually prescribed for medical conditions, includes Xanax, sedatives and more.
  • Schedule V - Low risk for addiction and include medications like Tylenol.
  • Schedule VI- almost no recognized medical use and low risk for dependency, including marijuana.

A person with a schedule I drug will usually receives a harsher punishment than someone with a schedule III drug charge. It’s important to note that someone possessing a Schedule III drug with no prescription can be charged with a drug offense.

In addition to possession of an illegal substance, a person can be charged with one or more other offenses related to drugs. Commonly we see offenses charged such as possession with intent to distribute, drug trafficking, possession of precursor chemicals (or chemicals used to make the drug), possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing marijuana or other controlled substances, maintaining a dwelling or vehicle (for the purpose of manufacturing or distributing controlled substances).

These charges can range from misdemeanor to felony with major consequences. Make sure you choose the right attorney. Invest in a Lawyer, James w McGee Jr., who cares and employs his significant experience to best help you.

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