When a person is charged with a crime related to drugs in New York State, they are facing serious repercussions. Law enforcement is continuously working to combat substance abuse and will hold those who are convicted of a drug crime to some of the harshest legal implications in the state. The United States Code Controlled Substance Act of 1970 divides up all drugs into different categories, known as schedules, that classify them based on a variety of factors.
When a drug is added to a schedule, the Drug Enforcement Administration will assess it amongst a number of factors to determine which schedule it will fall under. The DEA looks at certain factors that can include the amount of danger associated with the drug. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous because they have the highest risk for abuse and are considered the most dangerous with the least amount of medical benefits. Schedule I drugs can include marijuana, heroin, LSD, peyote, and ecstasy. Many people are surprised to hear that marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug because so many states are moving towards legalizing the drug, but it is important to be aware of its classification.
Schedule II drugs are seen as less dangerous, less addictive, and less likely to be abused. They can include cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, Vicodin, Adderall, OxyContin, and more. Schedule III drugs include codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids, and testosterone. Some of the drugs that are considered less dangerous because of their low levels of codeine are Schedule IV and V, including Xanax, Ambien, and Valium.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important that you have the strong legal representation of an experienced attorney on your side.
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