Facing Controlled Substance Charges In Utah

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Being charged with a drug offense can have a lasting impact on your life, career, and familial relations. That's why if you are facing controlled substance charges in Utah, you need to understand the nature of the charges and the potential penalties you are facing.

Having the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Douglas D. Terry & Associates on your side is the best way to make sure that your future is in safe hands and that you have the finest possible representation throughout your case.

What Are Considered Controlled Substances in Utah?

Utah law classifies controlled substances into five different schedules based on their potential for abuse and whether they have any accepted medical use. These schedules range from Schedule I drugs, which have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, to Schedule V drugs, which have a low potential for abuse and are commonly used in medical treatments.

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs are said to have the highest likelihood of abuse and no accepted medical purpose, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and heroin.

Schedule II

Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse but are used for some medical applications. One well-known example of a Schedule II substance is Adderall, a medication commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall contains a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, central nervous system stimulants that can increase focus, attention, and alertness.

Despite its recognized medical use, Adderall has a high potential for abuse and can lead to addiction and other health risks if misused or taken without a prescription. So, as a Schedule II controlled substance, it is tightly regulated by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Schedule III

Substances in Schedule III have a lower likelihood of abuse than Schedule I or II drugs and are commonly used for medical purposes. One such example is Ketamine, a medication used as an anesthetic for surgical procedures and as a treatment for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and testosterone, a hormone replacement therapy used to treat delayed puberty and impotence.

Schedule IV

Schedule IV substances have a lower likelihood of abuse than Schedule III drugs and are commonly used in medical treatments. Examples of controlled substances in this category include Xanax and Ambien.

Although Xanax is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States, some argue that it should be reclassified as a Schedule II or III drug due to its potential for abuse and addiction. Benzodiazepines such as Xanax are known to produce a sense of euphoria and relaxation, which can lead to misuse, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms when use is discontinued.

Additionally, benzodiazepines can increase the risk of overdose and other negative health effects when combined with opioids or other drugs. Some studies have also suggested that long-term use of benzodiazepines may increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Schedule V

Finally, Schedule V substances have the least potential for abuse and have common medical uses in the United States. Examples of such substances include medications like cough syrup used to relieve cough and minor pain.

Penalties for Controlled Substance Charges

Drug possession, paraphernalia, manufacturing or distribution can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony in Utah, depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance involved.

Possession Charges

  • Possession of one ounce (28.5 grams) or more of marijuana in Utah is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
  • Possession of less than one ounce (28.5 grams) of marijuana is considered a Class B misdemeanor. In Utah, this can land you in jail for up to six months with a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Possession of Schedule I or II drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, is a third-degree felony, while possession of Schedule III, IV, or V drugs is a Class A misdemeanor.

Paraphernalia Charges

Drug paraphernalia includes any equipment, products, or materials used to manufacture, distribute, or consume controlled substances. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class B misdemeanor in Utah, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Contact Our Drug Crimes Attorneys Today for Help with Controlled Substance Charges

If you are facing controlled substance charges in Utah, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to go over the facts of your case, identify any potential defenses, and represent you during court hearings.

At Douglas D. Terry & Associates, we have years of experience representing clients facing drug charges in Utah. We understand the complexities of these cases and will work tirelessly to protect your future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We will provide you with aggressive and effective representation throughout the legal process. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your future and helping you get the best possible result in your case.

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