When residents of North Carolina are arrested for a crime, they often consider what legal defenses are available to them. In order to understand their defense options, accused individuals should seek to better understand the charges of which they are accused. This means understanding why they were arrested, the evidence collected against them, and the elements necessary for a conviction. With regards to drug charges, it is also important to consider what type of drug they are accused of possessing, distributing, or trafficking. This could impact the defense strategy and the potential penalties they could face.
In North Carolina, the consequences of a drug possession charge are outlined in Article 5. This Article focuses on the possession of a controlled substance and, according to the regulation, is described as a substance with a chemical structure that has a stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic effect of the central nervous system. The Article further outlines the different types of controlled substances and what categories under which they fall.