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Drug Crimes

Raleigh Drug Crimes Attorneys

Aggressively defending those accused of drug crimes in North Carolina

The drug crimes lawyers at Hatch Little & Bunn, L.L.P. have more than 55 years of experience representing adults and juveniles charged with misdemeanor and felony drug crimes in juvenile, state and federal courts. No matter how severe your criminal offense, our drug crimes attorneys understand the impact an arrest or conviction can have on your life. For a young person, for example, doors to future opportunities may be closed forever. Our attorneys meticulously build you the best defense possible.

Focused representation for your drug crimes

In North Carolina, it is against the law to possess, manufacture or cultivate, distribute or use marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. If you plead or are found guilty, your punishment depends on quantity of the drug you are found with, the classification of that drug under the Controlled Substances Act and your prior record. Penalties for these drugs include:

Heroin ― Schedule I drugs with highest risk of addiction and no medical use

  • Possession:
    • Class I felony, 6 months to 1 year in prison, fines, potential loss of license
  • Distribution:
    • Class F felony,  4 to 14 grams, 70–84 months in prison, $50,000 fine
    • Class E felony, 14–28 grams, 90–117 months in prison, $100,000 fine
    • Class C felony, 28 grams and over, 225–279 months in prison, $500,000 fine

Cocaine ―Schedule II drugs with high risk of abuse but have legitimate medical use

  • Possession:
    • Class I felony, 6 months to 1 year in jail, fines, potential loss of license
  • Distribution:
    • Class G felony, 28–200 grams, 35–42 months in prison, $50,000 fine
    • Class F felony, 200–400 grams, 70–84 months in prison, $100,000 fine
    • Class D felony, 400 grams and over, 175–219 months in prison, $250,000 fine

Methamphetamines (Meth) ― Schedule II drugs

  • Manufacture:
    • Class C felony, unless packaging or labeling the drug makes it a Class H felony
  • Trafficking:
    • Class F felony for 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams, 70–84 months in prison, $50,000 fine
    • Class E felony for 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams, 90 – 117 months in prison, $100,000 fine
    • Class C felony for 400 grams or more, 225–279 months in prison, $250,000 fine

Marijuana ― Schedule VI drugs with low risk of dependency

  • Possession:
    • Class 3 misdemeanor up to 5 ounces
    • Class 1 misdemeanor, more than 5 ounces, $100 fine
    • Class I felony for over 1.5 ounces
  • Distribution:
    • Class F felony, 70–84 months in prison, $50,000 fine
    • Class D felony for over 10,000 lbs., 175–219 months in prison, $200,000 fine

Don’t face your drug crime charge alone — contact us to discuss your case

Hatch, Little & Bunn, LLP has been providing comprehensive drug crime defense services to charged or accused individuals in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Wake County and throughout North Carolina for more than 55 years. Call 919-670-1411 today, or email us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.