Drug Charges2020-01-17T17:32:07-05:00

Drug Charge Attorneys in North Carolina

When you’re charged with a drug crime in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point turn to the experienced attorneys at Dummit Fradin. Our drug charge attorneys will stand by you as the fierce advocates you need.


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Drug Charges in North Carolina

Getting charged with a drug crime or multiple drug crimes in North Carolina is a serious matter. Obviously, you want to minimize or potentially avoid the consequences you’re facing. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows North Carolina drug laws.

Having an experienced drug attorney on your side can make a difference in your penalties and the consequences you face. The fact is, we can often get drug possession charges dismissed without the need for trial. If we cannot, our defense attorneys stand on their reputation as tireless advocates and aggressive trial lawyers. They’ll guide you through plea negotiations and stand by you at trial.

Knowing what lies ahead is invaluable with a drug crime on your hands. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with an attorney.

NC Drug Schedules

Under North Carolina law, there are 6 schedules for controlled substances. Each level is defined by the potential for abuse, medical use acceptance, safety, and the likelihood of dependence. Below, we’ve outlined a few examples of the types of drugs under each schedule. We also indicate the minimum punishment if you’re charged with drug possession of any of these controlled substances. However, this is not a definitive list. Please consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to know the exact penalties you’re facing.


Drug Possession Charges

How are Drug Possession Crimes Prosecuted in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, possessing any amount of cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, or heroin is a felony criminal charge. These and other narcotics are banned as Schedule I substances. According to N.C.G.S. §90-95(d)(1), possession of even the tiniest amount of these substances is punished as a Class I felony.

While these type of drug crimes may seem simple, we often see situations where officers charge several people with the possession of one small baggie of the drug. That can oftentimes create doubt about who possessed the drugs. An experienced drug crime attorney will assess your case to determine if there exists a solid legal argument to suppress evidence against you to protect you and your criminal record.

Drug Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver (PWISD)

If you have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver (PWISD), you are facing serious consequences, including jail time. What you considered to be a small amount of drugs for personal use could be deemed possession with intent to sell, and prosecutors will then seek a felony drug conviction.

Selling Drugs in North Carolina

North Carolina law prohibits the unauthorized sale of illegal and illicit substances such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Crack-cocaine
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Marijuana

If you are caught selling a Schedule I or II drug, you will be sentenced as a Class G felon. If you are caught selling a Schedule III, IV, V, or VI drug, you will be punished as a Class H felon.


Drug Trafficking

How is Drug Trafficking Charged?

Drug trafficking charges are typically very complicated cases that involve issues including controlled deliveries, search warrants and identification issues. Most importantly, drug trafficking has its own severe sentencing structures. Unlike PWISD, drug trafficking is charged based on the weight of the drugs possessed. The sentencing structure is dependent upon the amount of the drugs seized. Those punished under this statute, though, can be punished with up to 279 months, or 23 years, in prison.

Marijuana Trafficking Penalties

Quantity of DrugsJail TimeFine
10 – 49 lbs.Class H Felony
25 – 30 Months
50 – 1,999 lbs.Class G Felony
35 – 42 Months
2,000 – 9,999 lbs.Class F Felony
70 – 84 Months
10,000 lbs. or moreClass D Felony
175 – 219 Months

Heroine Trafficking Penalties

Quantity of DrugsJail TimeFine
4 – 13 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 84 Months
14 – 27 gramsClass E Felony
90 – 117 Months
28 grams or moreClass C Felony
225 – 279 Months

Cocaine Trafficking Penalties

Quantity of DrugsJail TimeFine
28 – 199 gramsClass G Felony
35 – 42 Months
200 – 399 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 87 Months
400 grams or moreClass D Felony
175 – 219 Months

Methanphetamines Trafficking Penalties

Quantity of DrugsJail TimeFine
28 – 199 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 84 Months
200 – 399 gramsClass E Felony
90 – 117 Months
400 grams or moreClass C Felony
225 – 279 Months

Drug Paraphernalia

What is considered drug paraphernalia?

Almost anything can be considered drug paraphernalia if it accompanies an illegal substance. In North Carolina, possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to N.C.G.S. §90-113.22. That is a higher-level misdemeanor than possession of a small amount of marijuana.


Examples of drug paraphernalia include:

  • Rolling papers
  • Water pipes
  • Bongs
  • Glass pipes
  • Roach clips
  • Grinders
  • Scales
  • Spoons
  • Vials
  • Syringes
  • Baggies

Additionally, anything used in the manufacture of drugs such as bowls, containers, mixing devices, capsules, balloons, and even gardening supplies can be considered drug paraphernalia. A drug paraphernalia charge may sound harmless, but it could damage you more than the drug charge.

Facing a Drug Charge in North Carolina?

Many drug crimes result in a conviction. We urge you to not go to court without first talking to an experienced attorney. Our attorneys deal with these charges every day in the courtroom and know what statutory elements the state is going to be required to prove to obtain a drug conviction against you.

We offer free criminal consultations at all of our Triad locations. Let our team of drug crime attorneys analyze the particular facts of your case and advise you on how to proceed. Call today, and we’ll schedule you a consultation at your earliest convenience.

Remember, this is what we do. We know what you’re going through. We also know the law, and we’re ready to talk about your options.

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Your needs are our top priority. No matter what the case entails, we look forward to meeting and working with you to get through this matter as efficiently and effectively as possible. Stop by one of our locations today in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, or High Point, NC. We currently service the following counties: Forsyth County, Guilford County, Surry County, Stokes County, Yadkin County, Davie County, Davidson County, Rockingham County, Randolph County, and Alamance County.

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1133 West First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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High Point, NC 27262
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Greensboro, NC 27401
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