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Controlled Substance Act

In Cape Cod, the controlled substance act prohibits the unauthorized possession of illegal drugs. These substances are considered dangerous because they can be habit-forming and are only prescribed for individuals with certain conditions. If you violate the Controlled Substance Act in Cape Cod, you can be subjected to criminal charges, fines, and jail-time. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was enacted by Congress in 1970 to categorize controlled substances into five “schedules,” with the most harmful being Schedule 1. The levels of schedules allow controlled substances to be prosecuted with varying severity.

Categories of Controlled Substances

Any violation involving controlled substances will be investigated by law enforcement and the suspect will be apprehended. From there, a prosecutor determines how to charge the individual, which depends greatly upon how the drug is categorized. Categories of controlled substances include:

  • Schedule I drugs: heroin, methamphetamine, LSD
  • Schedule II drugs: prescription drugs, i.e morphine, oxycodone.
  • Schedule III drugs: aspirin, anabolic steroids, barbiturates
  • Schedule IV drugs: Valium or Xanax
  • Schedule V drugs: cough medicines with codeine

These charges are extremely serious and can greatly affect a person’s quality of life if they are convicted. To avoid any worst case scenarios, it is in your best interest to enlist a strong Cape Cod criminal defense attorney who will fight on behalf of your defense.

Contact a Cape Cod Drug Crimes Lawyer for Help

If you are facing charges for any controlled substance violations, you may need a strong criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and freedoms. James Powderly, a premier Cape Cod criminal defense attorney, is highly skilled and experienced with drug crimes charges; he may help you build a customized defense that may lead you to a better outcome. Contact James Powderly at (508) 343-0676 today.