Our criminal defense law firm represents clients in state court throughout Watauga County, Avery County, Wilkes County, Ashe County, and Caldwell County.

Drug Possession & Trafficking Charges

Drug addiction is a public health crisis in North Carolina and the United States. The High Country of North Carolina is no exception to the pandemic. State and federal governments criminalize the possession of controlled substances without addressing underlying factors such as addiction.

If you are facing a narcotics charge in and around Boone, North Carolina, you should immediately seek legal counsel. Harmon Law is experienced in challenging the state’s evidence to have your charges reduced or dismissed and can help you seek alternative options such as drug deferrals programs.

Types of North Carolina Drug Crimes

Under North Carolina law, drug crimes range from misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia or marijuana, to felony possession of drugs, possession with intent to sell or deliver (PWISD), and drug trafficking. Harmon Law’s drug crime defense has handled cases involving drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Our law firm has experience with typical drug crime charges including:

  • Drug possession
  • Intent to sell or distribute
  • Sale and manufacturing of narcotics
  • Trafficking controlled substances
  • Prescription drug possession

No matter what charge you face, a drug conviction can damage your personal and professional life, even if it’s a misdemeanor offense. Always consult with a lawyer before making a plea or facing your charges in court. Contact Harmon Law for a case consultation and protect your rights.

North Carolina Drug Schedules

North Carolina categorizes controlled substances in schedules according to their danger and addictive qualities.

Highly addictive controlled substances such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, morphine, and opiates.

Punishments for Drug Crime Convictions

State laws regulate the laws for punishments for drug crimes. In North Carolina, charges depend on the amount and type of drug involved in your arrest. Distribution and manufacturing of controlled substances can bring even larger charges and punishments than simple possession.

Conviction Class

Class I Misdemeanor if between half an ounce and 1.5 ounces.
Class III Misdemeanor if less than half an ounce.

Punishment

Class I – 6 months to 2 years in jail.
Class III – up to 30 days in jail.

Conviction Class

Class I Misdemeanor

Punishment

6 months to 2 years in jail

Conviction Class

Class II Misdemeanor

Punishment

30 days to 6 months in jail

Conviction Class

Class I Misdemeanor

Punishment

6 months to 2 years in jail

Conviction Class

Possession of 1.5 ounces or more of marijuana is a Class I Felony.

Punishment

4 to 6 months in jail

Conviction Class

Class I Felony

Punishment

4 to 6 months in jail

Conviction Class

Class G Felony

Punishment

10 to 13 months in jail

Conviction Class

Class H Felony

Punishment

5 to 6 months in jail

Conviction Class

Class I Felony

Punishment

4 to 6 months

Conviction Class

Class I Felony

Punishment

4 to 6 months

Conviction Class

Class C Felony
Class H if manufacturing only involves labeling and packaging.

Punishment

Class C – 4.8 to 6 years in prison
Class H – 5 to 6 months in jail

Punishments for Drug Trafficking

Transporting, large scale possession, and sale of controlled substances is punished more harshly than simple possession charges in North Carolina. There are mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking with levels of punishment for individual drugs that increase with the amount cited in charges.

  • Controlled Substance
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin or Opium
  • LSD
  • MDMA or Ecstasy
  • Amount
  • 10 to 50 pounds
  • 28 grams to 200 grams
  • 4 to 14 grams
  • 100 to 500 doses
  • 100 to 500 doses
  • Punishment
  • 25 to 30 months in prison
  • 35 to 42 months in prison
  • 70 to 84 months in prison
  • 35 to 42 months in prison
  • 35 to 42 months in prison

Contact a Drug Charges Defense Attorney in Boone

If you are facing an offense relating to a controlled substance in Boone or Watauga County North Carolina, a drug defense lawyer from Harmon Law can help you protect your legal rights. Our experience as a criminal defense attorney in the Superior and District Courts allows us to craft an effective strategy for negotiating your case. Contact us today at 828-386-6500 or fill out our confidential intake form for a consultation.