Friday, June 26, 2015

US prescription drug possession -- criminal penalties
Possession of a Drug Controlled Substance without a Prescription
iStock_000002932932SmallPrescription drugs, although considered a controlled substance, are not your typical street drugs.  Even though certain controlled substances are safe and have legal and thereputic uses, possessing them without a valid prescription can be a felony.

-Possession of Prescription Drug Charge

If you are in possession of a prescription drug and don’t have a valid prescription in your own name to show a police officer, you may be charged with this crime.

Common prescription drugs include: Demerol, Dilaudid, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, OxyContin, Methadone, Xanax, and Valium.

If you are found with any of the above drugs on your possession, you could face serious criminal penalties.  Also, because this crime can be a felony if the prescription drug is a narcotic, such as Vicodin, you could also lose the right to vote, own a firearm, or other serious life consequences.

-Possession of Prescription Drug Penalties

If you are found in possession of a Schedule 1 or Schedule 2 drug, such as OxyContin or Dilaudid,  you could be faced with the following penalties:

Possession of 1,000 grams or more is a felony and can result in a life sentence.
Possession between 450 – 1000 grams is a 30-year felony.
Possession between 50 – 450 grams is a 20-year felony.
Possession of less than 50 grams is a 4-year felony.