A man from North Carolina has been charged on a number of different counts -- there are six total in the indictment for his case, and he was named in regards to five of them -- that relate to selling crack cocaine. The incident in question happened back in 2011, and the court says that the man was working with at least two others to sell the drugs.
However, that man has now pleaded not guilty to the charges. He does have another felony conviction on his record, which was given out back when he was 19 years old. He is now 25 years old.
Despite his plea, the judge determined that he would not be given an option to be bailed out of jail until his trial is over, though that could change in the future, as there is a little bit of room for discussion. The judge settled on this decision in part because he has been charged after a prior conviction, which the judge said indicated that he was continuing to commit crimes.
Part of the issue is that he is being charged in Bluefield, West Virginia, and he has family -- a girlfriend and children -- in McDowell County, North Carolina.
That man and his legal team have said that he is not a flight risk, though, which is why they would like to be able to post bail.
When charged with drug possession, intent to sell or other such crimes, it is very important for those who are facing the charges to know what legal options they have when it comes to things like requesting or posting bail or entering a plea.
Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "Court denies motion to set bond for North Carolina drug defendant" Bill Archer, Dec. 05, 2014