There are five schedules of drugs that you should understand. A substance’s classification can create a major difference in the penalties you face, which is why it’s important to be clear on which drugs that are present as evidence in your case.
The five schedules include:
- Schedule I: Drugs with no medical purpose and a high risk of abuse
- Schedule II: Drugs with a high risk of abuse and medical use in some restricted situations
- Schedule III: Drugs with lower chances of abuse but also with accepted medical purposes
- Schedule IV: Drugs with low chances of abuse and accepted medical uses
- Schedule V: Drugs with extremely low risks of abuse and well-accepted medical uses.
While the need for certain drugs in a medical sense might be arguable, the reality is that getting caught with a Schedule I or II drug is one of the worst things that can happen in drug possession cases. Schedule I drug possession can lead to up to 15 years in prison for a first offense, while second or greater offenses have maximum sentences of 30 years in prison.
Possessing any Schedule III, IV or V drug without prescription or purpose can also lead to severe penalties including prison time. First-time offenders may still end up in prison for up to five years.
It’s always wise to talk to your attorney about your situation. Drug courts now allow alternative routes, including medical treatment, for those addicted to drugs. It’s worth looking into options that could help you stop the cycle of addiction and get your life back on track.