Skilled Defense Against Drug Charges
Enforcement of drug laws is a priority at the local, state and federal levels in North Carolina. Anyone arrested on a drug charge must carefully consider not only exposure to jail time and significant fines, but also the potentially crippling consequences of a drug conviction on his or her record in an era when all such information is readily available to employers.
I am Geoffrey W. Hosford, an experienced defense attorney in Wilmington. Defending people charged with drug crimes has long been a focus of my law practice. As an attorney who is board-certified in both state and federal criminal law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, I have tried many drug cases in our state and U.S. District Courts over the past 20 years.
What Type Of Drug Charge Do You Face?
The penalties you are facing will vary widely based on the specific substance involved, any prior criminal history and other factors. My knowledge and capabilities cover:
- Misdemeanor possession of less than 1.5 ounces of marijuana — and felony pot charges for possession of a greater amount, distribution or cultivation
- Possession, intent to deliver, trafficking, manufacturing, and conspiracy charges involving other controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, prescription painkillers, party drugs such as ecstasy and more
- Viable defense approaches based on illegal search and seizure, improper handling of material evidence and other considerations
- Alternatives to conviction and prosecution, including drug diversion programs that typically involve completing substance abuse treatment and performing community service
The decisions you must make after a drug arrest are personal and extremely important. You need a skilled defense lawyer who will take your individual situation into account and assess every viable opportunity to obtain an acquittal, dismissal or other favorable outcome. If your case will be heard in federal court, your success in avoiding a lengthy prison sentence may well depend on your attorney’s familiarity with the unique procedures, sentencing guidelines and other factors that apply.
Get The Legal Help You Need
To discuss any state or federal drug case in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area with me, established trial lawyer Geoffrey W. Hosford, please call or (toll free). I will provide a free initial consultation focused squarely on your immediate and longer-term concerns.