Drug Charges Are A Serious Crime
If you are charged with a drug-related offense, you want to make sure that your attorney understands the ins and outs of a thorough defense. Treating your case quickly and with discretion is a high priority.Whether your charge is for possession for personal use or an intention to sell, a knowledgeable legal professional can help you understand your options should you choose to plead “not guilty.”
The procedure in which you are arrested and charged with a crime is important in a drug possession case. There are many reasons why you want someone with experience on your team. There are important laws to protect you against unlawful search and seizure, entrapment, and planted or missing drugs. There are also critical steps including reading you your rights, obtaining testimony and collecting evidence that are governed by their own sets of laws. It’s hard for the everyday person to understand all the details, but with Southern Oaks Law Firm on your side, you don’t have to.
We know that there are so many things you are worried about, we don’t want your legal representation to be one of them. We will use our experience to create a calm environment so you can make the best decisions about how to respond to the matter at hand. Contact Lafayette Attorney Taylor Fontenot and know you are getting sympathy and strength as well as competency and expertise.
Conviction Of A Drug Crime
To convict you of drug possession, a prosecutor must be able to prove that you knew the drug in question was a “controlled substance” — meaning it is a prescription or illicit drug regulated by the federal government — and that you knew you had it in your possession.Charges will be one of two categories: simple possession or possession with the intention to distribute. Each carry their own set of consequences and require a different approach. Penalties can include fines, probation and incarceration.
Schedules Of Controlled Dangerous Substances
Controlled substances are divided into five schedules and have these general characteristics*:
- Schedule I: High potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in the United States, lack of accepted safety for use. Penalties usually include a fine of at least $5,000; at least four years in prison; or both.
- Schedule II: High potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Penalties vary according to the specific drug involved, but usually include a fine of $5,000 or more; five or more years in prison; or both.
- Schedule III: Potential for abuse less than substances in Schedules I or II and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000; up to five years in prison; or both.
- Schedule IV: Low potential for abuse relative to substances in Schedule III. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000; up to five years in prison; or both.
- Schedule V: Low potential for abuse relative to substances listed in Schedule IV and consist primarily of preparations containing limited quantities of certain narcotics. Penalties include a fine of up to $5,000; up to five years in prison; or both.
*Intended as reference only, please consult with a legal professional for a complete understanding of potential outcomes.