Drug charges are a unique type of criminal case in North Carolina and in the United States in general. The punishment can vary drastically based on the type of drug involved, the amount of the drug, and the circumstances surrounding the arrest. Also, these types of cases almost always have some type of search and seizure issue that can help your case in court. The punishment for a conviction can range from simple probation to prison.
It is highly recommended that you contact an attorney in the event you find yourself with these types of charges. An attorney can help fight for a better plea offer, challenge the stop and/or arrest, challenge any Miranda violations, or take the case to trial if the facts alleged by the State are untrue or cannot be proven to a jury. You do not want to find yourself in court thinking your charges are minor only to find out the prosecutor or judge does not feel the same way.