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Drug Charges in North Carolina

A criminal record containing drug possession charges has the potential to alter your future. If convicted, you may face a fine, jail time, and have trouble in the future applying for jobs, housing, and loans. Drug charges in North Carolina vary in severity according to drug classification. Harsher penalties are given to higher-schedule drugs, although convicted individuals receive sentencing specific to their situation. Below is a description of the different schedules of drugs in North Carolina and examples of each.


Schedule I Drugs

Drugs which are considered Schedule I in North Carolina are those that are deemed the most dangerous because of their high rates of addiction and lack of valid medical use. Drugs which fall under this category include LSD, heroin, ecstasy, and mescaline. Possession of drugs in this category is typically considered a Class I Felony.


Schedule II Drugs

Drugs classified as Schedule II Drugs are considered less dangerous in nature than Schedule I, but still highly addictive and carry a high risk of dependency and may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence. These drugs may include cocaine, methamphetamines, opium, and other amphetamines. Also, the possession of most opiate based pain medications like Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and methadone fall into this category. Possession of these drugs in the state of North Carolina can be a Class I Felony or misdemeanor depending on the drug and the amount possessed. Possession of any amount of Cocaine in North Carolina is a felony.


Schedule III Drugs

Schedule III drugs are deemed to have valid medical uses, but are still dangerous in the eyes of the law due to the moderate to low risk of physical or psychological dependence. Examples include ketamine, certain stimulants, depressants, and anabolic steroids. Possession of Schedule III drugs can result in felony or misdemeanor charges depending on the amount of the drug possessed.


Schedule IV Drugs

Schedule IV drugs are those with a relatively low potential for abuse and typically have some valid medial use. Possession of Xanax, Valium, and other sedatives without a prescription is classified as a Schedule IV drug offense in the state of North Carolina. Like Schedule II and III drugs, possession of these drugs can be either a felony or misdemeanor.


Schedule V Drugs

Schedule V drugs include both prescription drugs and certain drugs available without a prescription. These drugs have a lower risk for addiction or abuse. Codeine is considered a Schedule V Drug. Conviction for possession of these drugs is a misdemeanor.
Schedule VI Drugs

The primary Schedule VI drug is marijuana. Schedule Vi drugs also include hashish and synthetic cannabinoids. Possession of marijuana is crime in North Carolina. North Carolina does not allow for the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Punishment levels for possession of marijuana vary depending on the amount possessed and include both felony and misdemeanor punishments.


Seek Legal Help

Punishments for drug charges in North Carolina vary greatly depending on the facts of each case. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to work within the legal system to protect your rights and work for the best possible outcome. If you are facing drug charges, contact Chad Brown to help you today.

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