Penalties for Drug Charges in Raleigh, NC - Sparrow Law Firm

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney, Michelle Sparrow, acknowledges the varied drug charges in North Carolina.

Drug offenses and their sentences have an immense range. Not only does the seriousness of the crime depend on the type of drug itself but there are other factors considered as well, including but not limited to: intent to sell and distribute, violation of federal drug trafficking laws, prescription fraudpossession of drug paraphernalia, etc.

Drug trafficking is classified by the amount of the alleged drug in question. Transporting more than 28 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of heroin, or 100 pills of ecstasy are all amounts that are considered trafficking. Often, drug trafficking charges are made as a result of traffic stops leading to evidence of trafficking found in the vehicle. North Carolina has created mandatory active sentences in drug trafficking cases due to the seriousness of this crime.

Prescription fraud is using fraudulent information to obtain illegal substances for personal use or to distribute. This can be accomplished by changing amounts on a genuine prescription, “Doctor Shopping”, or impersonating a physician to call in a prescription.

For more information on charges regarding possession of drug paraphernalia or possession with intent to deliver, click the corresponding links above or read our blog post regarding penalties for drug possession.


If you are under investigation for drug charges of any kind, contact the Raleigh criminal defense attorneys at Sparrow Law Firm for a free consultation.