Drug Schedules in California
As you consider the charges that have been brought against you for a drug-related crime, it is important to understand what schedule the drug falls under. Drug schedules are part of a categorization system that divides drugs into groups according to the seriousness of the controlled substance. The seriousness of a drug is determined by its potential for abuse and addiction, as well as if it has any accepted medical use.
There are five drug schedules, including:
- Schedule I drugs – Substances that have the highest potential for abuse and addiction, and that have no accepted medical use. Schedule I drugs include LSD, heroin, peyote, and ecstasy.
- Schedule II drugs – Substances that have a lesser potential for abuse and addiction than Schedule I drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, Vicodin, fentanyl, and Ritalin.
- Schedule III drugs –Substances that have a low to moderate risk for dependency. Common Schedule III drugs include anabolic steroids, ketamine, testosterone, and certain combination substances.
- Schedule IV drugs – Substances that have a low potential for abuse and addiction, including prescription medications like Valium, Ambien, Xanax, Soma, Tramadol, and Darvon.
- Schedule V drugs – Substances considered to be the least dangerous and have the lowest potential for abuse and addiction. Schedule V drugs include substances like Lomotil, Robitussin, and Lyrica.
The schedule of the drug directly impacts the specific consequences one will face for a drug crime conviction. Typically, crimes involving Schedule I substances will result in the harshest penalties, while Schedule V drugs bring about the least severe punishments.
Defending Against Drug Charges in Santa Ana
Nearly every drug-related case requires the intervention of a skilled attorney to obtain a successful outcome. When you work with the Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates, we can help you determine the defense strategy that is right for your case.
Common strategies we employ against drug charges include:
- Illegal search and seizure
- Unlawful detainment without probable cause
- Police misconduct
- Crime lab evidence
- Lack of ownership
Remember that you have the right to remain silent until you can consult with your attorney. Before you say anything to the police, make sure you speak to your lawyer. Failure to do so could result in saying something that could be used against you in court.
Contact our Santa Ana drug crime lawyer at (714) 852-3858 to begin formulating an effective defense plan.