Raleigh Drug Crimes Lawyer

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Raleigh Drug Crimes Lawyer

Extensive Experience, Hard-Earned Results

drug crimes attorney in raleigh ncFrom drug trafficking to marijuana possession, we have extensive experience favorably resolving drug cases. Common charges we handle:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (e.g., Cocaine, Heroin, LSD and Marijuana)
  • Possession with the Intent to Sell or Deliver a Controlled Substance
  • Maintain a Dwelling or Vehicle for Controlled Substance
  • Manufacturing a Controlled Substance
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Possession of Counterfeit Controlled Substances

Based on the unique circumstances of your case, we will tailor a strategy to achieve a favorable outcome. This requires a skilled attorney to navigate through complex legal issues such as whether the stop of your vehicle or search of your residence was lawful or whether you were read in your Miranda rights. It may require hiring experts to provide opinions about the evidence.

Facing Drug Trafficking Charges? Secure Expert Legal Defense Now.

Drug trafficking charges are very serious charges that require a mandatory prison sentence. The judge is not allowed to depart from the prison sentence unless an exception applies. As a result, having a knowledgeable and experienced drug trafficking lawyer is critical.

Drug Trafficking Mandatory Minimum and Maximum Sentences

Class Minimum Maximum
Class C 225 months 282 months
Class D 175 222
Class E 90 120
Class F 70 93
Class G 35 51
Class H 25 39

Drug Trafficking Sentence Class by Drug Type and Amount

Drug Amount Class
Cocaine 28-199 grams Class G
  200 – 399 grams Class F
  400 grams or more Class D
Heroin 4-13 grams Class F
  14 -27 grams Class E
  28 grams or more Class C
LSD 100 – 499 dosage units Class G
  500 – 999 dosage units Class F
  1,000 or more dosage units Class D
Marijuana More 10 lbs., up to 40 lbs. Class H
  50 – 1,999 lbs. Class G
  2,000 – 9,000 lbs. Class F
  10,000 lbs. or more Class D
Synthetic Cannabinoids More than 50 up to 249 dosage units Class H
  1,250 – 3,749 Class G
  3,750 or more Class D
MDMA 100 – 499 dosage units/ 28-199 grams Class G
  500 – 999 dosage units/ 200-399 grams Class F
  1,000 dosage units/400 grams or more Class D
Amphetamine 28 -199 grams Class H
  200 – 399 grams Class G
  400 or more grams Class E
Methaqualone 1,000 – 4,999 dosage units Class G
  5,000 – 9,999 dosage units Class F
  10,000 or more dosage units Class D
Opium 4 – 13 grams Class F
  14 -27 grams Class E
  28 or more grams Class C

North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Act regulates controlled substance by placing each drug on a Schedule from Scheduled I Controlled Substance through Schedule VI Controlled Substance, with Schedule VI controlled substances like marijuana being the least serious elevating all the way to serious Schedule I drugs such as heroin. Generally, possession of any Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug will be charged as a Felony.

North Carolina Drug Schedules

The North Carolina Commission for Mental Health, Developmental Disability and Substance Abuse Services is charged by law with adding, deleting, or rescheduling controlled substances. In making a scheduling determination, the Commission must consider:

(1)        The actual or relative potential for abuse;

(2)        The scientific evidence of its pharmacological effect, if known;

(3)        The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the substance;

(4)        The history and current pattern of abuse;

(5)        The scope, duration, and significance of abuse;

(6)        The risk to public health;

(7)        The potential of the substance to produce psychic or physiological dependence liability; and

(8)        Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this Article.

Schedule I – High Potential for Abuse, No Currently Accepted Medical Use

  • Examples Include: Heroin, hallucinogens (e.g. psilocybin, LSD)

Schedule II – High Potential for Abuse, Currently Accepted Medical Use with Severe Restriction, and Abuse may lead to dependence

  • Examples Include: Cocaine, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine

Schedule III – Potential for Abuse Less Schedule I and II, currently accepted medical use in the United States, moderate to low dependence

  • Examples Include: Steroids, ketamine, certain formulations of codeine

Schedule IV – Low Potential for Abuse, Limited Dependence relative to Schedule III

  • Examples include: Xanex, Ativan, Barbital

Schedule V – Low Potential for Abuse, Limited Dependence relative to Schedule IV

  • Examples include: Narcotic cough syrups

Schedule VI – Relatively low potential for abuse or a need for further and continuing study

  • Examples include: Marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinols

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