Outrageous Bond Given to a Low Level Drug Offender.
If you are facing a drug charge in the state of North Carolina, you are facing a real challenge from the criminal justice system with police officers, prosecutors and government officials often eager to put you behind bars to boost their own public image. They may even choose to use underhanded and manipulative tactics to do so.
In Wake Forest, a mother and son are facing multiple drug charges after deputies stopped their car and recovered 367 pills suspected to be illegal drugs. According to the arrest warrants, the pair were stopped on the afternoon of April 8. Charges for each include possession of opioids as a separate felony, possession of carisprodol, possession of Xanax, conspiring with each other to traffic, and trafficking in oxycodone.
The trafficking charges are based on the quantity of oxycodone retrieved. Both mother and son are being held on a $2 million bond which is more akin to murder-level bail. As a Raleigh drug lawyer, I believe the amount to be completely unrealistic.
How prosecutors use the system against you
The decision of the District Attorney’s office to add or “trump-up” charges in this type of criminal case filing is likely designed to coerce a plea bargain. If the arrested individual is charged with multiple crimes, the odds are substantially greater that the individual will plead guilty to one or more of the crimes to avoid a potentially lengthy sentence. Prosecutors are able to avoid a lengthy and costly trial.
In the process, the accused may believe he or she is getting a ‘good deal’ due to his or her lack of knowledge of court proceedings.
Don’t trust the system
If you are charged with a drug felony, remember that you cannot trust the District Attorney, or anyone on the side of law enforcement to look out for your best interest. They will use your lack of knowledge about the law against you.
Whether you are facing excessive charges or are completely innocent of the charges filed, a knowledgeable drug lawyer with Kurtz & Blum, PLLC can help protect your rights and will aggressively fight for your freedom.
- Mother and son arrested in Wake County on drug-trafficking charges, NewsObserver.com