Drug Crime Penalties – Utah Drug Attorneys
Charges that involve a drug classified as a Schedule I controlled substance (e.g., heroin, opium, LSD, or psilocybin mushrooms) or Schedule II controlled substance (e.g., methadone, cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or other opiates), under Utah Code Ann. 58-37-4, will be charged as a third-degree felony. Charges that involve most other controlled substances including Schedule III (Suboxone, Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids), Schedule IV, or Schedule V begin at the class B misdemeanor level.
Cases involving possession of marijuana present an exception to the “Drug Schedule” rules. Although marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, being found in possession without a medical exception, (depending on weight, your location and time, and your prior criminal history) may result in charges from a class B misdemeanor to a felony.
Enhancements for Utah Drug Possession Charges
In Utah, the level of a drug possession charge can be enhanced for several reasons. This may include whether the person has had prior convictions, if the offense occurs in a designated “drug-free zone,” or whether the person is in a correctional facility when found in possession of the controlled substance. Enhancements can be “stacked” – meaning a simple possession charge could result in a first-degree felony charge that can mean a maximum penalty of life in prison. If a child is present or nearby, possession of a controlled substance may result in an additional criminal charge for child endangerment.
If investigators believe a person has distributed drugs or possessed drugs “with the intent to distribute,” the consequences can potentially be more serious. A charge for possession with the intent to distribute or distribution can be filed as a second-degree felony. Under some circumstances, it can be enhanced to the first-degree level.
Team-Driven Defense Strategy
The criminal defense team at Canyons Law Group include former prosecutors and seasoned defense attorneys who have defended or prosecuted the most serious crimes on the books in Utah. Aggravated felony charges including homicide, robbery, kidnapping, and more are among the many cases our attorneys have successfully defended. Our criminal attorneys also have extensive experience in the Utah district court and justice court systems and have also worked in federal and military courts.
Experience & Knowledge
Our criminal defense team has the experience, knowledge, and determination to handle the most serious charges you may face. But even lower-level criminal charges in Utah can have serious consequences. A single misdemeanor conviction can cause you to lose your job, lose your driver license, or lose your right to carry or use a firearm, A criminal conviction can make it more difficult to rent an apartment or obtain a mortgage loan. A criminal charge can affect your education and student financial aid. And the effects of conviction can last long after you may have completed probation or otherwise satisfied any obligations to the court.
When you hire a criminal defense attorney from the Canyons Law Group, you get more than just an attorney. You get the combined experience of our whole legal team. Our attorneys take pride in working closely with each client, taking the time to understand each client’s needs and goals for the case, and developing a strategy intended to achieve the best result possible for each client. We also employ a team approach, assigning attorneys who may have experience on a particular type of case or issue who can provide advice or assistance in specialized areas.We often collaborate with investigators and other professionals as needed to work toward the best result possible.
No matter what kind of criminal charge you are facing and no matter what level the offense may be, it can be critical to have the best advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney before you talk to police, before you go to court, and before you make any decisions or take action on the case. The criminal defense team at the Canyons Law Group is here to help.
Contact Your Utah Criminal Defense Team
Each criminal defense case in Utah is unique, not just because the facts of each case may be different but also because each defense client has a unique set of circumstances, needs, and goals. We conduct a full legal analysis of your case and take the time needed to understand what you need from the case. We then work together with you and as a complete criminal defense team to create a strategy intended to best accomplish your goals.
Make sure that your rights are protected. Learn more about our criminal defense team online, or contact the Canyons Law Group today to see what the right criminal defense attorney and the right legal team can do for you.