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North Carolinas Controlled Substance Chart


Each drug in North Carolina is categorized in a Schedule. Schedule I drugs are the most serious. In addition, North Carolina has a chart to determine mandatory minimums in drug trafficking cases. Here are the charts that may apply if you are accused of a drug possession, drug trafficking, or other drug related crime.

Schedule I Has a high potential for abuse.

Has no medical use.

Has a lack of accepted safety.

  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • GHB
  • Methaqualone
  • Peyote
  • Opiates
  • (and others)
First OffenseClass I Felony

4-5 Months

Schedule II Has a high potential
 for abuse.Has accepted medical use with severe restrictions.Abuse may lead to physical or psychological dependence.
  • Cocaine
  • Raw Opium
  • Opium Extracts, Fluid and Powder
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ritalin (and others)
First OffenseClass 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail

Second OffenseClass I Felony

4-5 Months

Schedule III Has
 potential for abuse, but less than Schedule I or II substances.Has an accepted medical use.Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
  • Ketamine
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Some Barbituates
  • (and others)
First OffenseClass 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail

Second OffenseClass I Felony

4-5 Months

Schedule IV Has
 a low potential for abuse.Has an accepted medical use.Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Rohypnol
  • Darvon
  • Clonazepam
  • Barbital
  • (and others)
First OffenseClass 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail

Second OffenseClass I Felony

4-5 Months

Schedule V Has
 a low potential for abuse.Has an accepted medical use.Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
  • Over the counter cough medicines with codeine
  • (and others)
First OffenseClass 2 Misdemeanor

30 Days in Jail

Second OffenseClass 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail

Schedule VI Has a low potential for abuse.

Has no accepted medical use.

Abuse may lead to limited dependence.

  • Marijuana
  • Hashish
  • Hashish Oil
First OffenseClass 3 Misdemeanor

10 Days in Jail or 
Suspended Sentence

Second OffenseClass 2 Misdemeanor

30 Days in Jail

 

Illegal Trafficking Penalties:

Marijuana
  • 10 – 49 lbs.
  • 50 – 1,999 lbs.
  • 2,000 – 9,999 lbs.
  • 10,000 lbs. or more
  • Class H Felony 
25 – 30 Months
  • Class G Felony 35 – 42 Months
  • Class F Felony 
70 – 84 Months
  • Class D Felony 175 – 219 Months
  • $5,000 Fine
  • $25,000 Fine
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $200,000 Fine
Heroin
  • 4 – 13 grams
  • 14 – 27 grams
  • 28 grams or more
  • Class F Felony
 70 – 84 Months
  • Class E Felony 
90 – 117 Months
  • Class C Felony
 225 – 279 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine
Cocaine
  • 28 – 199 grams
  • 200 – 399 grams
  • 400 grams or more
  • Class G Felony 35 – 42 Months
  • Class F Felony 70 – 87 Months
  • Class D Felony 175 – 219 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine
Metham-
phetamines
  • 28 – 199 grams
  • 200 – 399 grams
  • 400 grams or more
  • Class F Felony 
70 – 84 Months
  • Class E Felony 
90 – 117 Months
  • Class C Felony
 225 – 279 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine

If you or a loved one is facing drug charges, contact the Scharff Law Firm for legal representation. Our skilled Raleigh drug crimes lawyers can help.