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The potential penalties of a methamphetamine-related conviction

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2023 | Criminal law

Possession of methamphetamine is a serious charge and carries serious penalties if convicted. Because of this, if you are facing these charges, you must take steps to protect your rights and freedom.

In North Carolina, it is illegal to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine without a legal exception. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies methamphetamine or “meth” as a Schedule II drug stating that it has some medical purposes but can only be used or possessed by those with legal authority.

Potential penalties for methamphetamine manufacturing

If you are caught manufacturing methamphetamine, you may face a Class C felony charge. However, Class H felony charges will apply if the offense includes labeling or relabeling a container of meth or packaging or repackaging containers of meth.

Additional charges apply to cases of possession and transportation of meth

Just possession of this drug can lead to legal issues. For example, if you are caught possessing methamphetamine, you may face Class I felony charges. Manufacturing, delivering, transporting, possessing, or selling 28 grams or more of the drug is considered a felony trafficking charge. The severity of the felony depends on how much you have in your possession.

For example, if you have over 28 grams but less than 200 grams, you will face a Class F felony charge; over 200 grams but under 400 grams is a Class E felony, and over 400 grams is a Class C felony.

Defending yourself when facing methamphetamine-related charges

The penalties for methamphetamine-related charges vary based on how much you are caught with. No matter the charges you face, building a strong defense is recommended to protect your rights and freedom.