Unfortunately, it is not always easy for a defense attorney to sit in front of you and tell you how long you will spend in prison- at least, not without knowing a couple of different factors first. You see, every drug crime is treated differently in the eyes of the court. Because of this, you have to consider a variety of factors like the drug schedule, enhanced punishments, and so much more. We will walk you through this to give you a better understanding of what to expect for your crime.
Understanding Drug Schedules
Under state and federal laws, all drugs are put into categories referred to as “schedules.” These classifications, I through V, consist of how likely somebody is going to abuse the drug or if they are used for medical purposes on a larger scale. Schedule I drugs are some of the biggest risks, carrying a high potential for abuse with no medical value or very little value. However, Schedule V drugs have a lower potential for abuse and are usually used for medical reasons. This means that, if you were caught using a Schedule I drug, you are more likely to suffer harsh consequences as a result.
When you are charged with a drug crime, you understand that there will be penalties. For instance, many drug crimes are considered felonies, which means that you could spend anywhere from a year to 3 years in a prison facility for the crime. The fines could range anywhere to a low $500 to a few thousand. If you are a repeat offender, you can expect harsher penalties with more jail time and bigger fines. The penalties are decided based on the amount of the drug, classification of the drug, and purpose of possession.
However, sometimes you get what are called ‘enhanced punishments.’ This could result in more severe punishments for obtaining the drug. Sometimes, an enhancement will stem from drugs being distributed to minors, using minors to distribute the drug itself, and delivering drugs within a school zone or other protected area. This means that your misdemeanor could turn into a felony!
It is impossible to know exactly what your charge will consist of, but knowing these factors will help give you a good idea. Because we are skilled in criminal defense, we can walk you through every step of the process and help you understand what you may be looking at for the outcome of your case. Call us today so we can help you.