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Learn more about North Carolina’s controlled substance laws

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Those arrested for violating a state-level controlled substance law often feel confused by the legal terms they hear in their case. After all, controlled substances include many different drugs and ingredients.

You could trust the justice system to treat you fairly and appropriately for your alleged drug offense. On the other hand, learning more about how the state classifies and charges controlled substance violations is a safer approach. Following is a very brief overview.

Schedule I violation (felony)

Substances that fall into Schedule I typically lead to the most severe criminal charges. Examples of drugs in this classification include:

  • Heroin
  • Opiates
  • Hallucinogens
  • Amphetamines

Since these substances have been determined under the law to have no medical value and are chronically abused, the state treats Schedule I violations, including possession, harshly.

Schedule II violation (felony)

Drugs named under Schedule II can also lead to serious legal trouble for those charged with possession. Although these substances are useful in the medical field, they also pose a high risk of dependence and abuse. Examples include:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone

While less severe than Schedule I violations, a conviction still leads to harsh consequences for defendants.

Schedule III or IV violation (misdemeanor or felony)

The substances under these classifications provide medical value to patients, but they pose at least some risk of abuse. Here are a few examples.

  • Anabolic steroids (Schedule III)
  • Benzphetamine (Schedule III)
  • Testosterone (Schedule III)
  • Alprazolam (Schedule IV)
  • Diazepam (Schedule IV)
  • Tramadol (Schedule IV)

Although violating either of these two controlled substance schedules is usually less serious than the others, you may still face substantial consequences if convicted.

Don’t enter the criminal justice system without sufficient knowledge of the charges filed against you. Instead, arm yourself with legal counsel and information about North Carolina controlled substance statutes.