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Drug Possession


Many people underestimate the gravity of drug charges. But, there’s no reality check bigger than facing drug possession charges in DC court yourself. When you are up against jail time, it can put life in perspective. Now more than ever, you need a criminal defense attorney on your side willing to defend and protect your rights and freedom.

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Just because possession of drugs isn’t a violent crime doesn’t mean it isn’t considered a serious crime. The laws surrounding these offenses were written to wage a “war on drugs” and have resulted in putting millions behind bars or under the supervision of the government; you don’t want to be next.

Most likely this is your first experience with the criminal courts in D.C. However, if you’ve had prior run-ins with the law, you are probably very concerned with how your a criminal conviction can affect your current case. Regardless of your personal history, we can help.

Washington DC Drug Possession Charges

Generally, if you are charged with possession it’s because the police found drugs in your pocket, your purse, or even under the seat of your car.

In most cases, drug possession is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in prison and fines reaching $1,000 or both.

However, if this isn’t your first offense, that potential sentence could be doubled to up to 360 days behind bars. That’s nearly an entire year for a possession charge.

If this is your first offense, you may qualify for deferred judgment wherein you serve a period of probation and after it’s successfully served the charges are dismissed.

Ref: DC Code § 48-904.01

Drug Classifications/Schedules

Controlled substances are classified according to dangerousness or potential for abuse in “Schedules”. Different drugs fit into these different classifications and this is how it’s determined what kind of sentence you might face for a possession charge.

Schedule I Drugs

These drugs have a high potential for abuse with no practical medical usage. They include, among others:

  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Mescaline
  • Marijuana (though marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, its penalties are unique. See my page on marijuana charges for additional information)

Schedule II

These drugs still have a high risk of abuse and dependency but do have some accepted medical uses. They include:

  • opium
  • cocaine
  • methadone
  • methamphetamines
  • amphetamines

Schedule III, IV, V

These are less common illegal drugs and have decreasingly less potential for abuse and more acceptable medical uses:

  • Naline
  • Tranquilizers
  • Codeine

Please contact me for a case evaluation on any Washington DC drug charge.

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