Fight against drug crime prosecution
Heroin possession and distribution are some of the most serious drug crimes in North Carolina. The amount of heroin in your possession will determine the severity of your charges. Regardless of the amount of heroin, possession is a felony.
When someone is arrested with narcotics, law enforcement uses several factors to determine if the accused intended to distribute. Factors include:
- Total amount of narcotics in possession
- If scales or small baggies are present
- If the narcotics are in several small baggies
- Amount of cash the accused has when arrested
- Other items that might indicate an attempt to sell drugs
Penalties for possession and distribution
All charges for heroin are felonies.
Possession is a Class I Felony and in North Carolina carries potential penalties of 4 – 12 months in prison, fines, and a potential loss of license.
Possession or distribution of 4-14 grams is a Class F Felony. This carries a maximum of 93 months in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Possession or distribution of 14.01-27.99 grams is a Class E Felony. This carries a maximum of 120 months in prison and a $100,000 fine. Possession or distribution of 28 grams or more is a Class D Felony. This carries a maximum of 282 months in prison and a $500,000 fine.
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If you’ve been charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, or any other drug crime, seek immediate legal assistance. Contact us now to schedule your free consultation at 919-591-2240 or send us an email by clicking on the button below.