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Drug Crimes

Effective Drug Crimes Defense in Greensboro

Guilford County attorneys for possession and trafficking cases

Federal, state and local drug enforcement agencies have teams of agents and prosecutors aggressively pursuing drug crimes in North Carolina. You need a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and resources to level the playing field.

The Clifford Division of Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP has been defending drug cases in state and federal courts since 1973. We vigorously negotiate and litigate to help you obtain the best possible results on drug possession, delivery and trafficking charges.

From amphetamines to Xanax, our attorneys handle them all

Our clients include first-time offenders; high school and college students, in particular, who find themselves in a bad situation; medical professionals accused of illegally prescribing drugs or of illegally stealing or of illegally using drugs; people who have previous drug charges; and people who are addicted to drugs.

Our law firm represents clients charged with drug crimes related to:

  • Amphetamines
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Date-rape drugs (roofies)
  • Heroin
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Mescaline
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opium
  • Testosterone
  • Valium
  • Xanax

North Carolina drug crimes carry severe penalties

The state classifies six categories of drugs — Schedules I through VI — each with its own restrictions and penalties. Schedule I drugs, the most serious, include heroin and PCP. Cocaine is a Schedule II drug, while marijuana is a Schedule VI.

You could face anywhere from a misdemeanor charge and a fine to a felony and months or years in prison, depending on:

  • The schedule of the drug
  • Whether you simply possessed it for your own use
  • If you had enough to sell to others
  • Whether you actually sold to others
  • Whether you possessed or delivered a large shipment

Your penalty could be greatly enhanced depending on where you sold the drugs — such as in a public park or near a school, and to whom you sold the drugs — to a minor or a pregnant female. If you have a prior conviction, the court can impose an enhanced penalty. In addition to jail time and fines, your personal property could be forfeited to the government.

Federal law uses a similar drug schedule and penalty system.

Here to help from the start

In both state and federal courts, sentences for some violations are mandatory. Therefore, it is critical to be charged at the lowest level possible. Having an attorney intervene early on your behalf can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.

Our attorneys have the criminal law experience to conduct a thorough investigation of your case. Did officers follow procedure? Was the search of your person or property legal? Was your interrogation lawful? There are so many questions. We ask every one. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of justice.

Greensboro attorneys who know drug laws

A drug arrest can be alarming. The Clifford Division understands your fears and the threat to your future. Contact our lawyers at 336-574-2788 or online for a free consultation. We offer translation services and are located in downtown Greensboro, two blocks from the courthouse.

Cases We Handle

We Handle:

  • Criminal cases in North Carolina District Court and Superior Court in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
  • 50B and 50C protection order cases in both North Carolina District Courts in Guilford County, including Greensboro and High Point
  • Federal criminal cases
    • Misdemeanors in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and sometimes Statesville and Durham
    • Felonies in all four cities and on a case-by-case basis in any federal court in the United States
  • Federal civil forfeiture cases, post-conviction work and investigations
    on an individual basis
  • Private prosecutions in state court on a case-by-case basis

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