Know Your Rights When Fighting Drug Charges

Heroin Attorney in Wilmington

Charged with a Heroin-Related Crime? Call(910) 595-1377

Heroin, also known by common names such as horse, smack, or simply “H,” is a Schedule I controlled substance that is illegal to possess, use, or sell in the state of North Carolina. As one of the most highly addictive and dangerous narcotic substances around, even simple possession of heroin is considered a felony and can carry major penalties upon conviction.

If you have been charged with any sort of heroin-related crime, contact James Rutherford, Attorney at Law at once. As a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law with nearly 15 years of legal experience, our founding Wilmington Drug Crime Attorney James Rutherford can provide the hard-hitting defense you need to contest the prosecution’s claims and protect your future.

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North Carolina Heroin Laws

Heroin and other highly-addictive narcotic drugs are illegal under both federal and state laws. While many states offer drug diversion programs that offer heroin crime defendants treatment rather than prison, this option is not available in North Carolina. Simple possession of heroin is charged in the state as a Class I felony, carrying anywhere from 3 to 12 months in jail upon conviction.

Penalties may increase if a defendant is accused of selling heroin, especially if it is to a person under 16, a pregnant woman, or within 300 feet of a school. Individuals who are found to be distributing 4 grams or more of heroin may be charged with drug trafficking, increasing these penalties even further. At maximum, if found with more than 28 grams of heroin, a person can face Class C felony charges and up to 279 months in prison and $500,000 in fines.

We Are Ready to Stand By Your Side

When facing drug crime charges as serious as heroin possession, distribution, or trafficking, you cannot afford to leave your case in the hands of a less experienced legal team. At James Rutherford, Attorney at Law, our Wilmington criminal defense attorneys understand the various strategies necessary to guard your freedom and minimize the penalties you face. Depending on the circumstances, our firm may be able to prevent the prosecution from submitting evidence or can help you pursue a reduction or dismissal of your charges before trial even begins.

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