North Carolina Drug Possession
The following shows categories and the maximum sentence associated with each. If you are charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute, or maintaining a drug dwelling you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
Possession of Schedule I Drugs
This classification includes drugs like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. This is considered a Class I felony and carries a potential 3 to 8 months in the state prison system along with fines.
Possession of Schedule II Drugs
Schedule II drugs are slightly less dangerous than Schedule I drugs but they still have a very high risk of addiction. These include methamphetamine, cocaine, methadone, and opium. Possession of these substances is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and carries a potential 6 to 12 months in jail.
Possession of Schedule III Drugs
Schedule III substances are addictive but they also have some acceptable medical uses. They include things like ketamine, anabolic steroids, and some depressants. If you are accused of possessing drugs like this, you could face Class 1 misdemeanor charges with 6 to 12 months in jail.
Possession of Schedule IV Drugs
These drugs are often prescribed by medical doctors though they are addictive. They include Xanax, Valium, and other sedatives. Possession of a Schedule IV drug is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries 6 to 12 months in jail.
Possession of Schedule V Drugs
Schedule V substances have a very low addiction risk but they are still controlled by prescription. They are typically medications that include codeine. Possession of a Schedule V is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor which carries a potential sentence of 30 days to 6 months in jail.
Possession of Schedule VI Drugs
Schedule VI drugs are those that have no medical use and a very low risk of addiction. In North Carolina, marijuana is classified under Schedule VI.