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Hook up to Drugs and Ruin Your Life . . . or Don’t

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Drug Laws | 0 comments

Every year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes 30,000 arrests due to drug-related crimes. Despite these arrests and the untiring surveillance and operation of law enforcement agencies to catch criminals and rid the streets of illegal drugs, which include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as Ecstasy, are still significant problems in the country.

Drug-related activities, which include manufacture, marketing, distribution, possession or use of illegal drugs and drug-related paraphernalia, are considered a major offense in the U.S. Getting charged with any of the said activities can be punished with a jail term and costly fines; worse it can leave a mark on an offender’s record, a mark that can ruin his/her career and entail lots of limits and inconveniences, including restrictions on international travel, unfavorable results on issues of child custody and visitation rights in a divorce case, failure to land on certain kinds of jobs, and difficulty in finding a decent place to live in, qualifying for financial aid for college or obtaining a professional license.

Illegal drugs have a high potential for abuse. One example is cocaine, which has been classified by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a Schedule II drug. Cocaine also happens to be the second most widely used illegal drug in the U.S.; the first is marijuana or cannabis. (The CSA, which is Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, is a federal drug policy that was signed into law by the US Congress in 1970; its aim is to regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, distribution and use of different substances.)

Anyone can be arrested and charged with a drug crime if he/she:

  • is found in possession of an illegal drug without a prescription;
  • gives his/her prescription drugs to someone else and this other person is harmed due to a bad reaction of the drug;
  • is found guilty of drug trafficking, which involves the selling of pills to someone else;
  • forges or alters a prescription or steals blank prescription forms; or,
  • drives while under the influence of a prescription or illegal drug.

With regard to drug-related activities, the law firm Truslow & Truslow reiterates that
“No matter the offense, criminal charges at any level should be taken seriously. You can expect to encounter serious prejudices in your life if you’re convicted of certain criminal offenses. If you have been charged with, or are under investigation for a crime, then you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.”

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Schedules of Controlled Substances

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Drug Laws | 0 comments

Controlled substances are drugs in which their possession and manufacture are regulated by the government. There are five levels of controllable substances, referred to as schedules, and they are characterized by their risk factors. Factors that determine a drugs schedule include if they are approved in the United States, potential for abuse, and if they will lead to a dependency. From schedule one to five, the drugs increase in risk level.

Substances under schedule one have no federally approved use in the United States, high potential for abuse, and high potential for the user to develop a dependency. Examples of schedule one drugs are heroin, LSD, and marijuana. Drugs under level two can be medically prescribed, however can still be abused and cause dependency. Schedule two drugs fall under one of two subdivisions, 2 or 2N, and are typically stimulants or depressants. Such drugs are amphetamine, methamphetamine, or hydromorphine.

Third schedule drugs have less potential for abuse, and their make-up presents a lack of or decrease in narcotics. Typically, schedule three drugs are defined by products that have less amounts of codeine. Schedules four and five each have lesser potential for abuse than schedule three, and are commonly prescribed by a doctor or taken over the counter.

While some controlled substances are legal and prescribed, others are illegal. If a person is discovered to possess or use a schedule one drug, in some cases, the action can be charged as a felony. Waukesha Criminal Defense Lawyers know how much anyone in this situation usually needs help; serious attention should be directed to anyone using drugs that are categorized as Schedule I. The high penalties for being convicted of crimes with Schedule I drugs make a good defense important.

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