The Opioid Crisis continues to overwhelm Law Enforcement and the Medical Profession. It reaches everywhere, in North Carolina more than three people die each day as the result of Opiod Addiction. Taylorsville Attorney Joel Harbinson issued the following statement on B86 Radio on Thursday.
“Beginning January 1, 2018, our firm will represent defendants free of charge in all criminal matters in Alexander and Iredell County for criminal offenses originating in 2018 in which they are charged with mere possession — but not a manufacturing, sale, delivery, or trafficking —of a Schedule II or III opioid controlled substance. The defendant also must become enrolled in — and successfully complete — an in-patient drug treatment program of not less than four weeks while the charges are pending. In addition, after completion of such a rehabilitation program, the defendant can not obtain additional criminal charges while the original criminal drug offenses are pending.”
“If a defendant honestly acknowledges his or her addiction and constructively seeks treatment for it, we will gladly represent them for free as long as they show they are doing something about their substance abuse problem,” said Harbinson, who will be in charge of handling such cases in Alexander County. Bryan Corbett, resident partner of the Statesville office who handles all criminal matters in Iredell County also stated, “We only hope that in some small way we can contribute to the successful resolution of a individual’s addiction so that all of society benefits as well as the defendant. Our firm wants those with an opioid problem to channel their financial resources into a successful rehab program rather than worrying about hiring an attorney in addition to their costs of rehabilitation.” Caryn Brzykcy, managing partner of Harbinson, Brzykcy, & Corbett, called on criminal defense attorneys in the remaining counties across the state to donate similar legal services to help those with opioid addictions to seek the professional counseling they need to help rid society of this public health epidemic.
Joel C. Harbinson
Harbinson, Brzykcy & Corbett, LLP
Attorneys at Law
P.O. Box 400
70 East Main Avenue
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Telephone: (828) 632-4264