The schedule of drug that your charge relates to can have a big impact on the penalties you face. As a result, it is important you are aware of where your drug offense falls, and take the necessary steps to mitigate the damage immediately. Especially if you are facing charges involving a Schedule II drug, do not dismiss the severity of your crime. The Georgia drug attorneys at Kohn & Yager are committed to helping you get the best outcome in your case.
Schedule I Drugs
Schedule I drugs are the most serious classification of controlled substances, which are considered to be highly addictive and have no medical use. In Georgia, this includes marijuana. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, ecstasy, and LSD.
The penalties for possessing a Schedule I drug could ruin your life: You could spend time in jail, lose your job or property, and your license. If you have under an ounce of marijuana in Georgia it is a misdemeanor. More than an ounce of marijuana jumps to a felony, and the judge can order fines and jail time.
Schedule II Drugs
Drugs are separated into categories or schedules by their addictiveness, with Schedule I being the highest. Schedule II drugs are known to be abused often and risk psychological or physical dependency. These drugs include codeine, oxycodone, and morphine, barbiturates and amphetamines. Each of these has medical properties and are prescribed legally, too. You have to go to a doctor each time you need a refill.
If you are charged with illegal possession, selling, or manufacturing a Schedule II drug, you are likely to be charged with a felony.
The judge has a broad range of punishments available to sentence you. You could spend a year in prison, and you may have to be on probation, be required to perform community service, pay fines, and attend a drug treatment classes. Your penalties are heavier if a minor was involved or you were selling drugs on school grounds.