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Possession & Distribution of Cocaine

Raleigh Cocaine Possession and Distribution Lawyers

Understanding potential penalties and the need for experienced defense

Possession and distribution of cocaine is a more serious offense than marijuana possession and distribution, due to the drug’s more serious classification. When facing charges for drug crimes, it is important to have a skilled and experienced attorney to protect your rights. Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P. has decades of criminal defense experience in Raleigh and works diligently to help clients fight charges.

How does cocaine compare with other illegal drugs?

States follow the federal classification of drugs into schedules, ranging from Schedule I through VI. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous and addictive drugs and include illegal drugs, such as LSD, heroin and PCP. Cocaine is a Schedule II drug, which weighs it rather heavily in terms of having a high potential for abuse. By comparison, marijuana is a Schedule VI drug, which is considered to be the least dangerous or addictive type of drug.

What are the potential penalities for cocaine possession and distribution?

North Carolina statutes categorize cocaine possession into felonies, with the lowest classification of felony being a Class I felony, which carries a potential penalty of six months to one year in jail, fines and loss of licenses. Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute is a Class H felony, which carries potential penaltites of 10 months in jail for a first offender, or up to 30 months for defendants with past criminal records. Punishment escalates for cocaine sale or distribution, which is a Class G felony when it involves 28 to 200 grams, and penalties include up to a $50,000 fine and from 70 to 84 months in prison. Sale and distribution of higher amounts are subject to higher penalties. For example, a Class F felony is 200 to 400 grams, which carries penalties of 70 to 84 months in prison and a $100,000 fine. A Class D felony involves 400 grams and over and carries a prison term of  175 to 219 months and up to a $250,000 fine.

Put an experienced Raleigh, North Carolina lawyer on your side

For more than 50 years, Hatch, Little & Bunn, L.L.P. has provided effective and highly skilled legal representation for clients who face drug charges. We thoroughly investigate your case and work to devise a defense strategy that best protects your rights. Call 919-670-1411 today, or email us to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys about your concerns.