First Time Drug Offenders and Repeat Offenders - What's the Difference?
- Repeat offenders have no such options, and prior convictions or arrests can result in harsher penalties and mandatory minimum jail sentences.
- Repeat offenders are those who’ve been convicted of drug-related crimes before in North Carolina.
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CODIFIED LAW- Mandatory minimums are codified law (judge has no discretion for lenience or “throwing the book” at someone).
$200 - $200,000- For marijuana, NC drug law punishments range from $200 - $200,000 fines, and 1 day to 18 years of incarceration, depending on the circumstances.
How Can I Get My Drug Charges Dropped?
- NC First Offender program:
- Certain actions can lead to the dismissal of drug charges.
- Designed for people who’ve made a simple mistake and did not act violently, etc.
- If not guilty of a crime, discuss with your criminal defense lawyer other options to have charges dropped.
- Options for dismissal include proof of entrapment (being planted with drugs), violations of search and seizure rights, lack of probable cause, and more.