Have you been charged with a drug offense? Despite the fact that public opinion regarding the stigma of drug possession is shifting, it is still a criminal offense under both North Carolina laws and Federal laws. Aside from jail time and fines, there are more significant consequences of a drug conviction. Potential consequences include having a permanent criminal record, available to any potential employer, loan officer, school admissions officer or landlord who runs a background check. Additionally, if you are not an American Citizen, you could potentially face deportation proceedings if convicted of a drug crime.
Drug convictions have a particularly negative effect on students. When filling out the FAFSA to qualify for financial aid, you must answer the question about whether you've been convicted of a drug-related offense. If you answer "Yes," you will be ineligible for federal financial aid unless you complete a certain program. Current federal financial aid recipients may be required to pay a portion of their aid package back.
When it comes to drugs, virtually any actions with them may be illegal. Additionally, falsifying a prescription can lead to forgery or fraud charges. Other drug charges include: