Drug Charge Defense Attorney
Knowing Controlled Substances
While all states regulate possession of controlled substances for personal use, each state is different in how it defines controlled substances and what the penalties are. In Colorado, drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines are considered controlled substances, as are the compounds used to manufacture the drugs. You can also be charged for owning drug paraphernalia like pipes. How severe your drug charge depends on the amount of drugs claimed to be found and the “schedule” of the drugs.
Drug schedules rank from 1 to 5. Schedule 5 drugs are seen as the least dangerous, due to their low risk of abuse and more commonly accepted medical use. They tend to include substances that are often medically prescribed with a minute amount of narcotic drugs present. Schedule 4 drugs like tranquilizers or sedatives have some risk of developing a dependency, but are still considered to have valid medical use. Schedule 3 drugs start having a moderate risk of abuse, including substances like codeine, ketamine, and some types of depressants.
Though Schedule 2 drugs may have few medical uses, the risk of abuse is too high to be considered safe in most cases. Schedule 2 drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, and opium. Finally, Schedule 1 drugs are considered the most dangerous, with no legitimate medical use and the highest risk of abuse. LSD, heroin, and mescaline are categorized as schedule 1. While marijuana is legalized for recreational use by adults over 21 in Colorado, it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the federally run Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Fines and penalties of your drug charge vary depending on drug schedule and how much of it you are claimed to possess. If you are charged with a drug crime, you need an experienced attorney.