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
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and move forward with you from there.
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