Consequences of Drug Possession

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While drug possession is one of the least prosecuted drug crimes, it can still come with very serious penalties. Possessing a drug with low potential for abuse, classified as Schedule V, results in a fine of $250, but possessing a Schedule I drug, such as heroin, LSD, or marijuana, can result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Other penalties for a drug conviction includes loss of your driver’s license, reputation, and a permanent mark on your record.

High Stakes Cases

Even if you did not intend to sell or distribute, if there was a large enough amount of drugs found in your possession, your charges could be heightened to possession with the intent to distribute. If you are convicted of this charge in a first offense, you could face anywhere from one to 40 years in prison. For a second charge with the intent to distribute, you may face life in prison.

What Penalties Can I Expect?

You can expect the following consequences for a drug possession charge:

  • Possessing a schedule I drug (class 5 felony): A sentence up to 10 years in prison or 12 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Examples include ecstasy, heroin, GHB and LSD.
  • Possessing a schedule II drug (class 5 felony): A sentence up to 10 years in prison or 12 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Examples include cocaine, morphine, methamphetamine, methadone, and PCP.
  • Possessing a schedule III drug (class 1 misdemeanor): A sentence up to 12 months in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Examples are Vicodin, Ketamine, Steroids, and Hydrocodone.
  • Possessing a schedule IV drug (class 2 misdemeanor): A sentence up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Examples include Xanax, Valium, and Rohypnol.
  • Possessing a schedule V drug (class 3 misdemeanor): A fine up to $500. Examples of Schedule V drugs include common cold medications such as codeine.
  • Possessing a schedule VI drug (class 4 misdemeanor): A fine up to $250. These drugs have little to no addictive properties.

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