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Salt Lake City Drug Crimes Attorney

The state of Utah takes drug crimes seriously. They have some of the harshest drug crime penalties in the nation. Being caught while possessing any illegal drug can have devastating consequences on your future. Depending on the type of drug, amount, and any history of convicted drug charges, you could be faced with up to 15 years in prison and/or up-to $10,000 dollars in fines. If caught trafficking, you could face federal charges that may result in life in prison.

If you are charged with any drug crime in Salt Lake City, you will most certainly need an experienced Salt Lake City drug crimes attorney. Contact Jardine Law Offices P.C. at 801-350-3506 or click here for a free case evaluation. Protect your future, let our expert litigators build you the best possible defense to ensure undue sentencing, and reduce the penalties you may be facing.

What Are Considered Illegal Drugs

Illegal drugs are any drug that has no current medicinal value of any kind or possession of any controlled substance that was not prescribed to you by a medical doctor.  The Federal Government has classified all drugs into 5 categories, or schedules, as they are often referred to.

Schedule One Narcotics:

  • The highest potential for abuse
  • Heroin
  • GHB
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Ecstasy
  • Methaqualone
  • Peyote

Schedule Two Narcotics:

  • Have medicinal value
  • High potential for abuse or dependency
  • Oxycodone (combination oxycodone and acetaminophen)
  • Percocet
  • Percodan (combination oxycodone and aspirin)
  • Norco (combination hydrocodone and acetaminophen)
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Adderall (D-Amphetamine Salts)
  • Vyvanse
  • Concerta
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone)
  • Demerol (Meperidine)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Ritalin (Methylphenidate)

Schedule Three Narcotics

  • Moderate potential for dependence or abuse
  • Tylenol 3 or Tylenol 4 (Combination codeine and acetaminophen)
  • Codeine
  • Ketamine
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Testosterone

Schedule Four Narcotics:

  • Lower potential for abuse or dependence than schedule three drugs
  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Soma (Carisoprodol)
  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Ativan (Lorazepam)
  • Ambien (Zolpidem)
  • Ultram (Tramadol)

Schedule Five Narcotics:

  • Even lower potential for abuse or dependence
  • Contain limited quantities of certain narcotics
  • Certain cough syrups, antidiarrheals, and analgesics
  • Robitussin AC/Virtussin AC (Guaifenesin and Codeine)
  • Lyrica
  • Lomotil

Utah’s Marijuana Drug Laws

Although certain states have already legalized medical marijuana and/or recreational use of marijuana, Utah is not one of them yet. Utah state legislature is still deliberating on the guidelines and regulations of its Medical Cannabis Program, which is allegedly going to start being implemented in March of 2020. Until that time, being caught with even a small amount of pot for recreational use in Salt Lake City could land you in jail for up to six months.

If you are charged with possession, distributing, or trafficking illegal drugs, you will need a professional drug crimes attorney. You should not try and attempt to bargain, plea, or handle the case on your own. Call Jardine Law Offices P.C. in Salt Lake City at 801-350-3506 or visit our website at www.jardinelawoffices.com for a free case evaluation. Let our accomplished drug crimes attorneys put together a strong and effective defense to protect your rights and minimize your charges and penalties.