Even so-called minor drug charges can have a major impact on the rest of your life. If you are facing any drug charges in the state of North Carolina, it is always advisable to consult with a qualified attorney right away. If you are facing any type of felony drug charges, the consequences are even more dire, and it is even more important to get legal counsel quickly. The most serious drug charges in North Carolina are those associated with drug trafficking, which can kick in if you are found to possess more than 10 pounds of marijuana or more than 28 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine.
In North Carolina law, drugs are typically referred to as “controlled substances” and are divided into six different classes, with Schedule V and VI drug charges typically having the least severe repercussions and Schedule I and II drug charges having the most severe consequences. Schedule I drugs include substances that have no medical use such as heroin, ecstasy, fentanyl, peyote and more. Schedule II drugs include cocaine, opium, methadone, morphine, and codeine. Schedule III substances have some accepted medical uses and include things like ketamine and anabolic steroids. Schedule IV drugs include substances that are often legally prescribed like Xanax, valium, and others. Schedule V and VI drugs include marijuana and various forms of hash.
When it comes to drug charges, the amount of a controlled substance and the type of drug are taken into consideration. Your past record is also considered, but for some substances, possession results in a felony charge, even if it is your first offense. Call a qualified attorney to help you navigate the complications of drug charges.