In North Carolina, getting caught with drugs is a serious issue. Being in possession of a Schedule I or II substance may lead to significant financial penalties and the potential for jail or prison time.
One of the drugs that affects the state today is cocaine. Cocaine does have some medical uses, which is why it’s a Schedule II drug. However, getting caught with it is a major problem. As of 2018, the state did not offer drug abatement programs to those who were in possession of cocaine.
What kinds of charges can you expect for being in possession of cocaine?
If you are caught in possession of cocaine, then you can expect to face a Class I felony. This may lead to up to 12 months in jail, with the minimum time of six months.
Selling cocaine is more serious. If you are caught selling, then you’ll face a Class G felony. If the person the drugs are sold to is 16 or under or a pregnant woman, then the charge becomes a Class E felony. It is also a Class E felony to sell within 300 feet of school property.
Among the worst charges to face are those for trafficking cocaine. Trafficking charges are all felonies, with the least serious being for trafficking between 28 and 200 grams. That Class G felony comes with 35 to 51 months in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
If you are facing drug charges for possessing, selling or trafficking cocaine, now is a good time to defend yourself. Your future and rights are on the line. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and the best path for moving forward.