Topic: Drug Crimes
Much of the drug activity in our nation stems from places outside our borders such as Mexico and South America. So drug offenders can be either residents of North Carolina or members of organized drug gangs who do their drug manufacturing elsewhere and then come into North Carolina to distribute a wide variety of controlled substances. Winston-Salem drug crime lawyers, such as Christopher Beechler are skilled in handling these types cases professional and successfully.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your drug offense, a drug possession charge can be considered either a misdemeanor or felony depending upon the circumstances. A drug manufacturing charge, especially where there is intent of distribution, must be treated as an equally serious crime with stiff penalties.
In North Carolina, controlled substances and penalties for a drug possession charge are organized on a published schedule as follows:
- Schedule I., Heroine, ecstasy, and others: Four to five months in jail
- Schedule II. Cocaine, methamphetamine, and others: Four to five months in jail for second offense
- Schedule III. Ketamine, steroids, and others: Four to five months in jail for second offense
- Schedule IV. Valium, Xanax, and others: Four to five months in jail for second offense
- Schedule V. Cough medicines with codeine: Up to 45 days in jail
- Schedule VI. Marijuana and hashish: Up to 30 days in jail
However, the penalties for illegal drug trafficking are far more severe than for drug possession in Winston-Salem—and they increase depending upon the quantities involved. For example, North Carolina penalties for trafficking cocaine can increase according to the amounts involved:
- 28 to 199 grams cocaine, Class G felony: 35 to 42 months in jail and up to a $50,000 fine
- 200 to 399 grams cocaine, Class F felony: 70 to 84 months in jail and up to a $100,000 fine
- 400 or more grams cocaine: Class D felony: 175 to 219 months in jail and up to a $250,000 fine
The laws on North Carolina drug manufacturing can be very complex. If law enforcement authorities just find the seeds or remnants of unlawful plants, or paraphernalia such as lamps, this evidence could constitute a violation of illegal drug cultivation and manufacturing laws. It is vital to seek the assistance of an experienced North Carolina drug crimes lawyer if you are facing a drug manufacturing charge in Winston-Salem.
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The Law Offices of Christopher A. Beechler, P.C. provides compassionate and energetic defense throughout Forsyth County, superior and federal courts in North Carolina, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA. If you have been charged with a serious crime, you can rely on Christopher Beechler’s extensive experience gained through years on the local, state, and federal courtroom floors for an aggressive and effective defense. Contact our drug crimes attorney in Winston-Salem now to schedule your free initial consultation.