Understanding Controlled Substances

Defense from Houston Drug Lawyer: Mark Morasch

Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which is a part of the larger Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, there are certain laws against manufacturing, selling, possessing, and delivering controlled substances. These various drugs have been put into five different schedules to help classify them more easily and for determining penalties. Arranged from most dangerous (Schedule I) to least harmful (Schedule V), they are place in a schedule based on their potentiality for abuse, their medical value and their likelihood for causing harm.

What drugs belong to the different schedules?

Each controlled substance finds its home in one of the five schedules. Depending on the various factors listed earlier, they are placed into their respective schedule by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The following is a list of these schedules with some common examples of drugs that fall into each category.

Schedule I: Includes heroin, PCP, LSD, cocaine, marijuana

Schedule II: Specific narcotics, depressants and stimulants such as cocaine, oxycodone, Dexedrine® and Ritalin®.

Schedule III, IV, or V: Specific substances with less narcotics, as well as non-narcotics, sedatives, stimulants, anti-anxiety substances and tranquilizers fall into this schedule. It includes Vicodin®, paregoric, Valium®, hydrocodone, codeine, Talwin®, Darvon® and Xanax®.

Texas State laws dictate various penalties for crimes related to each schedule, depending upon the action committed. Simple possession has much less drastic consequences than something like drug trafficking, yet every case should be treated as unique. Never assume that you understand the severity of your charges without first speaking to a knowledgeable Houston drug crime lawyer from my firm.

In need of a Houston drug crime lawyer?

Have you recently been accused of a crime involving a controlled substance? In the aftermath of an accusation, you may feel confused and frightened as you try to determine the right move for you or your loved one. You must realize that timing is everything in drug crime cases. If you choose to wait too long, it could make all the difference in the outcome of your final verdict.

Understand that as a former prosecutor, I have seen what both sides of a court case need to succeed. If there is anything my previous experience has taught me, it is that drug cases can be prosecuted quite harshly, meaning that your case most likely requires the most aggressive legal defense you can possibly obtain. Should you choose to work with a Houston criminal attorney from my firm, I can assure you that my legal team will be available to you 24 hours, 7 days a week. Fill out my free case evaluation form today so that I can get a better feel for your particular charges and move forward with you from there. Contact my office today by calling (713) 468-9333.

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