Goldsboro Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney
Providing Respectful and Assertive Defense Representation Against Your Charges
Defendants accused of drug crimes like trafficking can face a social stigma that makes it hard to start fresh and reintegrate into the community. At Strickland Agner Pittman, we firmly believe in the defendants we work with, and we will treat you and your case with the utmost respect and humility you deserve. We understand how overwhelming and unfair the criminal justice system can be, so we are here to take the reins of your drug trafficking case and defend you assertively to the end. We strive to do right by our clients in the face of harsh and unfair allegations, and you can count on our attorneys to defend you against state and federal charges.
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What Is Considered Drug Trafficking?
Drug trafficking is a state and federal crime that refers to the large-scale possession, transportation, or distribution of illegal controlled substances. So, a drug offense is typically classified as drug trafficking if the amount of drugs in possession or being distributed is significantly large.
Penalties and Sentencing for Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking is a felony and is penalized more severely than drug possession, as drug trafficking convictions require a mandatory minimum sentence in prison. The specific penalties will range depending on the schedule of the drug:
- Schedule I (e.g., heroin, LSD, Psilocybin shrooms, other hallucinogens) – a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine
- Schedule II (e.g., morphine, Percocet, fentanyl, cocaine, opium extracts and narcotics, amphetamine) – a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine
- Schedule III (e.g., anabolic steroids, codeine-based cough suppressants) – a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine
- Schedule IV (narcotics and stimulants like Valium) – a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine
- Schedule V (compounds containing limited amounts of substances like codeine or opium) – a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or some amount in fines
- Schedule VI (e.g., marijuana, THC) – a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or some amount in fines
Regarding marijuana trafficking crimes, which are all penalized as felonies, the specific prison sentence will actually depend on the amount being distributed:
- 10-50 pounds – a Class H felony punishable by at least 25 months in prison and a maximum of 39 months in prison, as well as a minimum fine of $5,000
- 50-2,000 pounds – a Class G felony punishable by at least 35 months in prison and up to 51 months in prison, as well as a minimum fine of $25,000
- 2,000-10,000 pounds – a Class F felony punishable by 70-93 months in prison and a minimum fine of $50,000
- More than 10,000 pounds – 175-222 months in prison and at least $200,000 in fines
Trafficking drug paraphernalia (tools for using, distributing, selling, or manufacturing controlled substances) is also strictly penalized as a misdemeanor carrying 120 days in prison and/or a fine.
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Consult an Experienced Drug Trafficking Lawyer Today
If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Goldsboro, do not hesitate to contact Strickland Agner Pittman for assertive legal representation. Our attorneys are passionate about seeking justice for clients who have been wrongfully accused, and we will fight vigorously for you in the face of harsh charges. We will treat your case with respect and take out all the aggression on the other side. Drug trafficking is a serious state and federal crime, so you should work with a knowledgeable and informed lawyer who knows how to champion your rights in even the toughest legal settings.