If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in North Carolina, it’s important to learn about the laws. This will help you understand what to expect in court and make it easier for you to assist your attorney with protecting your rights. Here’s what you need to know.
What Are Schedules of Drugs?
North Carolina classifies drugs under six schedules. Schedule I drugs, for example, are the most addictive and hazardous. Ecstasy and heroin fall under this category. Possession of these types of drugs is considered a Class I Felony.
Drugs in schedules II through V are often used medically but can be abused. As a result, it’s often illegal to sell them. However, possessing them is fine—if you have a prescription. Some examples include steroids and anti-anxiety and -depression medications. Finally, marijuana is considered a schedule VI drug. While it’s not technically legal in North Carolina, it’s unlikely to be abused, according to the law.
How Are the Penalties Determined?
A penalty for a drug crime will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of drug, whether it was trafficked, how much the defendant possessed, and how many offenses they’ve had in the past.
The punishment for schedule I drugs is the strictest. Because it’s considered a felony, you could end up in jail for a number of months. However, schedules II through VI are labeled misdemeanors, and you could serve—at most—around one month in prison. Still, a second offense is more serious, and being charged with schedules II through IV again will result in a felony.
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