Possession of Cocaine in North Carolina

by | Oct 4, 2017 | NC Criminal Defense | 2 comments

A criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you if you were charged with possession of cocaine in North Carolina. Cocaine charges can be complicated for an untrained person to handle their own. Because there are so many factors to consider, a lawyer may be your best option.

In North Carolina, all drug possession crimes are classified and Categorized into groups that are referred to as schedules. There are six recognized schedules and they are numbered from one to six, with one considered the most serious and six considered the least serious.

Classification of Cocaine

Cocaine is always considered to be a schedule two substance, regardless of its form. North Carolina law makes no distinction between powered cocaine and the rock form, which is known as crack cocaine, with regard to the criminal charge. Because of this, the severity of the punishment for the crime of cocaine possession depends on three things:

The Amount of cocaine found in the possession of the defendant – Generally speaking, the more cocaine that is found in the possession of the criminal defendant, the more severe the criminal consequences are for that defendant. Possession of any amount of cocaine, no matter how small, is a felony in North Carolina. Possession of cocaine is never a misdemeanor in North Carolina.

The facts and circumstances surrounding the possession of the cocaine –  A criminal defendant can be charged with possession of cocaine if the facts fit. However, a defendant can be charged with possession with the intent to sell or delivery or other serious charges, if the facts of the arrest fit that charge. An example would be if the cocaine was found along with or packaged in several baggies, or with scales, and other items that would suggest the sale of manufacture of cocaine.

You prior record level before the cocaine possession charge – Like almost all crimes in North Carolina, your prior convictions will be a big determining factor with regards to what consequences you may face if you are found guilty.

Punishment for possession of cocaine – There are an extremely wide range of punishments that are possible for a conviction of cocaine possession. It can be as simple as a fine, a drug treatment class, and some form of probation if you are a first-time offender with a small amount of cocaine.

When a person is found to be in possession of large quantities of cocaine, the person is often charged with trafficking in cocaine. Please note that trafficking cocaine is a completely different charge from possession of cocaine. A conviction of this can result in fines over $50,000 and several years in prison if you are found guilty of trafficking cocaine.

If you are charged with Cocaine possession, it is always a good idea to consult a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney can go over your case with you, and help you get the best outcome possible.


  1. Cynthia Sessoms

    Happy Thanksgiving I was charged with felony possession of cocaine and I was riding in some one car it wasn’t mine the guy asked them why they stop they said the text was to dark and they told him to put his right head on head and left hand out the window then they ask for his license and then one officer came on my side and told me to do the same thing and the drive had drugs in in hat and a stem in his seat so they put hand cuffs on him then told me to get out the car and turn around and put my hands together like I’m pray in the back and sit on curb then they started looking in car and claim they fought crumbs of cocaine under the seat I was riding I told them it wasn’t mine and the guy told them that his nephew had his car so they didn’t charge for the tent to dark in car and they didn’t read me my rights

    • Gilles Law

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