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Attorney Jason Witt

Attorney Jason Witt

Practice Areas:

Family Law; Criminal Defense; Bankruptcy: Chapter 7, 13; Equitable Distribution; Alimony; Separation Agreements; Child Custody; Spousal Support; Driving While Intoxicated; DUI/DWI; Traffic Violations; Expungements; Misdemeanors; Felonies; Personal Injury; Business Litigation.


2004, North Carolina State Court. 2004, United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.,  Wake Forest University, J.D.


The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40,  American Society of Legal Advocates: Top 40 Lawyer Under 40, AVVO 10.0 Superb Rating, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys: 10 Best in 2014, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys: Top 10 under 40 in North Carolina, The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers for Matrimonial and Family Law, American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys: 10 Best in 2014. American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys: 10 Best in 2014.


North Carolina State BAR, North Carolina BAR Association (Member, Bankruptcy Section, Family Law Section). NACBA Member- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. North Carolina Consumers Council. Union County BAR Association.

Drug Attorney Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina and the federal government have laws against unlawful use, possession, distribution or production of certain drugs. These include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and amphetamines. The laws aim to reduce illegal drug use and cut down on drug-related crimes.

There are five categories, or "schedules," of drugs based on their potential for dependency and abuse as compared with their therapeutic value. Schedule I controlled substances have the highest potential for dependency and no accepted medical use. Schedule V drugs have a low potential for dependency and accepted medical uses.

The most severe penalties for illegal possession, sale or manufacture of drugs involve those listed in Schedule I. The Attorney General has the authority to delete, add or reschedule drugs. State schedules refer to or are based on federal schedules.


The punishment for drug crimes in Charlotte, North Carolina generally depends on:

  • The quantity of the drug
  • Its classification under the schedules
  • The purpose of possession

The most serious drug crimes are:

  • Producing illegal drugs
  • Manufacturing drugs
  • Selling drugs

Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute them is a serious crime. Prosecutors can prove your intent to distribute drugs just by showing the quantity of the drug, without any evidence you actually distributed the drug.

In most states, possession of drugs for personal use is a serious crime. But in some states, possession of drugs for personal use is punished less severely than distribution crimes. For example, in some states, possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 50 grams) is decriminalized or treated as a disorderly person's offense. If there's a conviction, the punishment is often probation or a fine, and not prison. However, possessing larger amounts of illegal drugs, even for personal use, may be a serious crime.

Enhanced Punishment

Some states have enhanced penalties for drug crimes. These apply if:

  • Minors are used to distribute the drugs
  • The drugs are delivered or sold to minors
  • The drugs are sold or distributed near schools

Enhanced punishments vary by state. You may also be in danger of "forfeiting" your property if you're convicted of a drug crime. For example, if your house is used to make and distribute drugs, the government may be able to seize it.

Professional Drug Dealers

Special laws cover professional drug dealers. A "drug kingpin," or a person organizing, financing or managing a business to manufacture, transport or sell drugs, commits a serious crime.

There are special sentences for professional drug dealers. Federal law even has the death penalty for drug kingpins. Some states impose 25 years in prison without parole for professional drug dealers.

Questions for Your Charlotte Drug Lawyer

  • Do I need a lawyer if I'm going to plead guilty to a drug crime charge?
  • What are Charlotte, North Carolina drug schedules?
  • What are Charlotte, North Carolina sentencing guidelines?
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Jason Witt, Drug Attorney Charlotte, represents clients in Mecklenburg & Union Counties.