Q: Cops mistakenly returned evidence to me
a meth pipe with residue was in my car. they charged me with possession sched 2 and drug paraphernalia. but when i got car out of impound, the pipe was still in it. so if they don't have physical evidence, do they have a case? should i refuse the plea and ask them to produce evidence during trial?
A: GREAT QUESTION
First and foremost, Rockingham NC is still somewhat "small town" NC. Law enforcement, even in Richmond County NC, can and do review internet postings.
So it makes sense to limit public posts Justia or other legal message board, especially regarding very specific fact patterns and allegations of criminal charges.
And because of that, the best thing to do is to sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney, where attorney-client privilege allows for a full and confidential discussion of your legal options.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia cases in North Carolina can get a bit complicated. That's because HOW the paraphernalia is used, and for what controlled substance(s), can make a BIG DIFFERENCE.
More info on the NC Paraphernalia Laws, check out: https://www.carolinaattorneys.com/drug-paraphernalia-possession.html
You may want to give George Crump in Rockingham NC a call. He has a substantial amount of legal experienced (40 years!) helping people with allegations of criminal charges, felony or misdemeanor, in Richmond County.
If you talk to George, tell him, "Bill Powers in Charlotte says hey."
All the best!
Criminal Defense Lawyer Charlotte NC
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