North Carolina drug trafficking laws are really tough, and this includes the laws for marijuana. While possession of marijuana has effectively been decriminalized, distribution of marijuana or any other illegal drug can cause you to be charged with a felony crime.
The punishments that go with a drug trafficking charge, or distribution of a drug, depend on the type and amount of drug being trafficked. The following list outlines the charge and penalty of trafficking per common drug, however, bear in mind that these penalties are for first-time offenders with no prior history of criminal drug activity and without any concurrent charges, such possession of an illegal firearm.
• 10 lbs to 49 lbs is a Class H felony with at least a $5,000 fine
• 50 lbs to 1,999 lbs is a Class G felony with at least a $25,000 fine
• 2,000 lbs to 9,999 lbs is a Class F felony with at least a $50,000 fine
• 10,000 + lbs is a Class D felony with at least a $200,000 fine
• 28 to 199 grams is a Class G felony with a minimum $50,000 fine
• 200 to 399 grams is a Class F felony with a minimum $100,000 fine
• 400 grams or above is a Class D felony with a minimum $250,000 fine
• 4 to 13 grams is a Class F felony with a minimum $50,000 fine
• 14 to 27 grams is a Class E felony with a minimum $100,000 fine
• 28 grams or more is a Class C felony with a minimum $500,000 fine
• 28 to 199 grams is a Class F felony with a minimum $50,000 fine
• 200 to 399 grams is a Class E felony with a minimum $100,000 fine
• 400 grams or more is a Class C felony with a minimum $250,000 fine
Incarceration for Drug Trafficking Felony Crimes
• Class C felony carries a 225 to 282 months sentence
• Class D felony carries 175 to 222 months sentence
• Class E felony carries 90 to 120 months sentence
• Class F felony carries 70 to 93 months sentence
• Class G felony carries a 35 to 51 month sentence
• Class H felony carries a 25 to 39 month sentence
Raleigh Drug Trafficking Defense Firm
The Raleigh drug trafficking defense law firm of DeMent Askew knows North Carolina drug laws and the changes that have made these laws and punishments even more severe. If you or a loved one is facing a drug trafficking charge, do not wait, call DeMent Askew today at 919-833-5555 so we can begin developing your defense. North Carolina drug laws are tough and you need a law firm that will fight just as hard for your best outcome. If you are facing misdemeanor or felony drug trafficking charges, contact us today. We will fight for your rights and your freedom.