Raleigh Drug Crime Lawyers
If you are facing drug charges in North Carolina, you need a criminal defense lawyer experienced in representing people charged with drug offenses. In this circumstance, having a skilled attorney in your corner is the best resource in a process that includes by its nature fear, anxiety, and consequences that begin the minute you are charged. Though North Carolina’s laws dictate harsh, mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crime, a conviction of any kind can negatively impact your life, narrow your opportunity for education and success, and degraded the quality of your life. We may be able to help you avoid some of these ramifications.
North Carolina’s criminal laws governing drug charges are complex. Depending on the amount of drugs involved, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Because drug charges can have both state and federal consequences, you need an attorney skilled in both jurisdictions. The consequences arising from drug crime can range from small monetary fines and community service to mandatory minimum sentences of years in prison. The skill of your lawyer is often the difference between a jail sentence and a more favorable result.
With over 40 years of experience handling Raleigh drug cases, we are skilled and experienced in defending the full variety of drug offenses, including:
- Drug Possession;
- Drug Trafficking;
- Manufacture; and,
- Prescription Fraud
- Unlicensed Possession
Regardless of the charges against you, the government carries the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt each element of the charges alleged against you in seeking a conviction. The government has nearly limitless resources to secure such convictions and is often zealous in their pursuit of conviction. The criminal defense team at DeMent Askew & Johnson are skilled investigators and will work tirelessly toward defeating the government’s case, defending your rights and negotiating on your behalf.
With Dement Askew & Johnson on your side, you have an entire legal team dedicated to your defense. We are well-experienced in dealing with the prosecutor’s office and will work to obtain the best plea possible for you if warranted, but first and foremost, our criminal defense lawyers are trial lawyers dedicated to developing the best defense strategy tailored to address each of the specific facts and circumstances unique to your case and ensuring that your decisions are well-informed and your choices the best available to you in your particular case.
Russell W. DeMent III
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CRIMINAL DEFENSE SUCCESS
Evidence Suppressed in DWI Case; Court Holds “No Reasonable and Articulable Suspicion” for Traffic Stop
All evidence suppressed in DWI case for an illegal stop where the LEO observed my client pause in a parking lot for 30 seconds before leaving the lot and then crossed a center line during a turn at an intersection. Held “No reasonable and articulable suspicion” for a traffic stop.
Motion to Suppress and Dismiss Granted for Lack of Probable Cause; No Reliable Evidence Suggesting Impairment After Speeding Stop
Motion to suppress and dismiss granted for lack of probable cause to arrest where my client was stopped for speeding, had an odor of alcohol, glassy eyes, admitted to drinking, as well as showed signs of impairment on the field sobriety tests. The court put little weight on the field sobriety tests because the officer…
Defendant charged with 2 counts of habitual impaired driving on his 7th total offense. Were able to negotiate a plea consolidating the sentence to one term of 28 months in prison where he was facing the potential for 10 years or more.
Not Guilty of DWI with Serious Collision; LEO Failed to Gather Specific Information from Driver Taken to Hospital with BAC of .17
Client charged with driving while impaired. LEOs respond to a serious collision where someone being taken to the hospital in EMS vehicle upon troopers arrival. The vehicle had flipped 2 times and landed in the median. Based upon information obtained at the scene, the LEO finds my client in the hospital with injuries consistent with…
Client stopped for speeding. LEO smelled odor of MJ about clients person. LEO search revealed burned MJ blunt. Defendant performed poorly on all physical tests but told the officer he suffered from a herniated disk in his lower back. On the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) eye test there were no clues of impairment. A subsequent…
Defendant had a head-on collision with injuries to both parties. He was given field sobriety tests on the scene of the collision and did not perform well on those tests with the exception of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test where he showed no signs of impairment from any central nervous system depressant. He admitted…
Defendant charged with Level 2 DWI with one prior within 7 years. Was facing a potential sentence of 1 year in prison. Defendant attended a treatment program and really changed her life direction while the case was pending. We were able to get the judge to agree to accept the inpatient treatment as credit for…
Client charged with level 3 trafficking in opiates which carried minimum mandatory sentencing of a minimum of 225 months (18 years 9 months) in prison. After months of negotiating with the prosecuting attorney and following a lengthy argument to the court, Defendant was sentenced to 65 months (5 years and 5 months) in prison with…
Client approaches a DWI roadblock. Smells of alcohol and performs ok on field tests though she does so some signs of NHTSA clues of impairment. She admits to drinking and blows positive for presence of alchol on the portable breath test. She is taken to the mobile breath testing bus at the checkpoint. She is…
Guilty Verdict of Less Significant Charges of Driving with License Revoked and Lane Violation; Charges Included DWI, Driving While License Revoked, and Hit and Run; No Jail Time
Client charged with DWI, driving while license revoked for impaired revocation, hit and run, and driving left of center. She was found on side of the road in driver’s seat 400 yards from a collision, showed clues of impairment on the field sobriety tests and blew a .10 on the breath test. Found not guilty…