Criminal Defense Attorney: Sylva, North Carolina

1601 East Main St., 
Sylva, NC 28779

Drug Crime Lawyer

Drug Offense

Possession of controlled substances in North Carolina is a crime.  Arguably, the most disproportionate penalties of any crime in North Carolina can be for drug offenses.  In some cases, a small bottle of prescribed medication obtained from the family’s medicine cabinet can lead to a mandatory active sentence of several years.  This can be true even for someone with a spotless record.  On the other hand, North Carolina also law allows for a deferred judgment in the form of a “90-96 judgment” for many misdemeanor and felony drug offenses, for those with a clean record.  A 90-96 allows for the case to be discharged without a conviction upon completion of probationary terms.  Whether you are facing charges relating to the possession, sale, trafficking or manufacture of a controlled substance, you need the guidance of a criminal attorney skilled and experienced in the defense of drug related crimes.  Nathan has tried hundreds of cases and represented thousands of individuals facing all types of charges, ranging from Capital Murder to minor traffic violations.  His calming demeanor and his unique ability to explain the law in easy-to-understand language sets him apart from other attorneys.  Nathan is well known as a trial attorney that uses his courtroom reputation and trial skills to successfully defend his clients, or reach the best deal possible.   Nathan Earwood is experienced in defending people accused of drug related crimes. Some common offenses include:

Drug Crimes Lawyer Services Include:

Drug trafficking

Drug Paraphernalia

Felony Drug Possession


Possession with intent to sell or deliver

Manufacture or cultivation of controlled substances




Synthetic and designer drugs like cathinones and marijuana

Prescription medications


As your defense attorney, we scrutinize and dissect each individual aspect of the State’s investigation against you and, when necessary, consult with a variety of reliable experts in the network we have created through years of service to our clients. We keep you informed and help you understand what you are up against and how we will defend your rights, helping you to avoid unnecessary fear, confusion, and stress.

Even when the State has significant evidence against you, charges and penalties can often be mitigated, especially when extenuating factors exist. These can include:

You were unlawfully detained

You, your vehicle, or property were unlawfully searched

Your consent to search was made under duress

The breadth of your consent to search was exceeded in violation of your rights

Your possession of a controlled substance cannot be verified

You voluntarily obtain drug/alcohol treatment

Military service

Clean record.