Drug crimes in California are defined by a complex set of laws, and the penalties associated with a specific offense can vary depending on the type of drug or substance that it involves. California defines drugs and illegal substances via five categories, with each “lower” schedule involving a more dangerous and addictive substances alongside higher penalties and punishments.
This is a quick, general breakdown of drug schedules in California. For more specific information, be sure to reach out to us at the Jacot Law Firm.
This involves drugs that are deemed to be the most addictive and dangerous substances with little to no medical value. Substances in this category include heroin, marijuana, and LSD.
This schedule also include dangerous and addictive substances, although at a slightly lower level. These drugs can be potentially useful and includes oxycodone, Adderall, cocaine, as well as others.
Drugs in this category are recognized to have low or moderate risk of addiction and abuse and often have legitimate medical uses. Substances in Schedule III include steroids, Vicodin, and testosterone.
These are drugs with fairly low potential for addiction and abuse that are routinely used for medical reasons, which includes Ambien, Valium, and Xanax.
Being at the bottom of the risk and danger spectrum, drugs here have legitimate medical value and carry the lowest risk of abuse or addiction. These include substances such as Tylenol, Lyrica, and Codeine,
Facing a drug offense or any other type of criminal offense in California? Be sure to call the reputable criminal defense attorneys at the Jacot Law Firm as soon as possible. We offer free initial consultations, where you can learn more about how we can help.