Drug crimes cover a wide range of offenses involving controlled substances, from possession and sale to manufacture and distribution. These crimes involve violations of federal law, state law, or both. These offenses can result in a broad range of potential criminal and administrative consequences, including probation, prison, property forfeiture and participation in a court-ordered drug treatment program.
Though more severe charges typically result in harsher penalties, even less serious charges, such as possession of a small amount of a controlled substance, may have severe consequences, especially if the defendant has prior convictions, used a firearm in the commission of the crime, engaged in criminal activity near a protected zone (such as a school or park) or involved minors in the crime. If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact The Law Office of James M. Marshall in Spring Hill, Tennessee, today to schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal options.
The federal government has exercised control over the importation and manufacture of drugs since the mid-1800s. In 1970, Congress passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which classified controlled substances into five categories (Schedules I to V), based on their abuse and addiction potential compared to their therapeutic value. Also known as the Controlled Substances Act, this law established regulatory requirements, enforcement mechanisms and penalties for the unauthorized manufacture, distribution or possession of controlled substances.
Drugs are listed in different categories, with Schedule I drugs penalties being the most severe to Schedule V drug penalties being the least severe: