Being caught with Xanax in North Carolina is not something to be taken lightly. Depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, both of which can carry jail time and result in the creation of a criminal record, which can have serious effects on your life long-term. The best way to avoid the serious consequences that a conviction for Xanax possession can carry is to avoid being convicted. This is where a lawyer becomes invaluable. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your lawyer may be able to have the charges against you dropped or reduced. If your case goes to trial, your lawyer can help you overcome the charges so that you will be found not guilty. The best way to know how a lawyer can help you is to contact one and schedule a consultation.
Penalties for Xanax Possession in North Carolina
Xanax is legal when it is prescribed by a doctor. However, if you possess Xanax without having received a prescription, in an amount different from that which was prescribed, or which you obtained through illegal means, you can be charged with illegal possession.
If it is your first offense, you will be charged with a Class I misdemeanor. A Class I misdemeanor is punishable by up to 45 days in jail. However, it’s possible to receive probation and avoid jail time. There may also be fines involved.
If this is not your first offense, however, you will not be charged with a misdemeanor. Instead, you will be charged with a Class I felony. A Class I felony is punishable by four to five months in jail. If you are facing charges for either of these offenses, it is important to get legal counsel.
Even if you are just charged with a misdemeanor, you can see how receiving a conviction for possession will affect you in the future. For instance, if you roll the dice and receive a guilty verdict for a misdemeanor possession offense, if you are caught with Xanax or a controlled substance in your possession again in the future, you will then be charged with a felony.
How a Lawyer Can Help With Xanax Possession Charges
A lawyer is your best defense, both literally and figuratively when it comes to possession charges. Your lawyer will work to get your charges dropped. This is possible if you were charged as a result of an illegal search and seizure, such as a seizure that took place without a warrant, probable cause, or consent. Your lawyer may also be able to negotiate a plea bargain that allows you to plead guilty or no contest to a less serious offense. If your case goes to trial, there are a number of defenses that your lawyer can use to help you overcome the charges against you.
Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers at Coastal South Law
If you are facing possession charges in North Carolina, the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Coastal South Law can help. Contact Coastal South Law in Bolivia, North Carolina, today, and schedule a consultation.