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Controlled substances and prescription drug charges

The misuse of prescription drugs is a grave criminal offense. Criminal activity involving prescription medication is a growing problem, and both Maryland and federal laws take a strong stand against the misuse of these drugs. Additionally, the penalties for the distribution, manufacturing or possession of controlled substances are steep. The Controlled Substances Act is a federal statute that outlines the regulation and control of certain types of drugs.

If you are facing charges involving either type of drug, there is a lot at stake for you. Violating a The Controlled Substances can bring severe penalties to your life, potentially resulting in lengthy jail sentences and more. It divides certain types of drugs, including hallucinogens, depressants, narcotics and stimulants, into specific categories. The severity of the specific penalties you are facing depends on the type of drug and its category.

Categories under The Controlled Substances Act 

The basis of the categories listed under this federal act is the drug's potential for dependency and abuse as well as it's medical use. The higher the category, the less likely the drug has a legitimate medical use, and you can face steeper and more serious penalties if convicted of misusing it. The categories are as follows:

  • Schedule 5 – This includes Lyrica and certain types of cough suppressants.
  • Schedule 4 – This includes the prescription medications Xanax, Valium and Ambien
  • Schedule 3 – This includes testosterone, anabolic steroids and ketamine.
  • Schedule 2 – This includes methamphetamine and cocaine, neither of which have any legitimate medical use.
  • Schedule 1 – This includes ecstasy, heroin and LSD. Even though it has proven medical uses, marijuana is a schedule 1 drug.

The distribution, manufacturing and prescription use of legitimate drugs is highly regulated. Various government agencies investigate allegations of drug crimes involving these prescription medications and controlled substances. If you are facing charges related to these things, it is in your interests to start developing a defense strategy for trial or the negotiation of a plea deal. 

Don't face it alone

It's critical you take your case seriously. Whether you are already facing charges or are under investigation, it is beneficial to act quickly to secure the guidance of an experienced defense attorney who will zealously defend your rights and interests. To learn about your defense options by which you can confront the prosecution's case, start with an evaluation of your case as soon as possible.

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