Heroin refers to the illegal form of morphine, sold by drug dealers. The Controlled Substances Act established five Schedules, or classifications, for drugs with Schedule I drugs being the most dangerous, addictive and abusive. Schedule I does not include any drugs that are approved for medicinal purposes. Because these drugs are not legal, there is also a lack of standard safety use, which is also a criterion in categorizing a drug as Schedule I. Heroin is a Schedule I drug and so are LSD, ecstacy and PCP. Heroin.which also goes by common names such as “H”, horse, black tar, smack, an “A-bomb” (when combined with marijuana) and a “speedball” (when mixed with cocaine).is a controlled substance. A “controlled substance” is a drug narcotic whose use, possession and manufacture are all regulated by the government under the United States “Controlled Substances Act”. Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and drugs of this nature are treated as very serious matters in the criminal justice system.
Heroin possession and distribution are some of the most serious drug crimes throughout the nation. Similar to other drugs, the quantity is a factor in how authorities charge the offense. If you are charged with possessing even a little bit of heroin, you can face felony penalties and a permanent criminal record. Fortunately, you have options and you may be able to avoid the worst of these penalties. All charges for heroin, whether for possession or distribution are felonies. Heroin possession is a Class I felony that carries potential penalties of six to 12 months in prison along with fines and a potential loss of license. By comparison, heroin distribution of four to 14 grams is a Class F felony, which carries much stiffer penalties — 70 to 84 months (over five to seven years) in prison and a $50,000 fine. Penalties and classification escalate for 14 to 28 grams and potential sentencing is 90 to 117 months (7.5 to 9.75 years) in prison and a $100,000 fine. Heroin distribution is a Class C felony when you possess 28 grams or more and sentencing ranges from 225 months to 279 months (18.75 years to 23.25 years) in prison and the fine is $500,000.
Having a seasoned lawyer to provide effective criminal defense is vital when you face criminal charges for heroin possession or distribution. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, various defense strategies can prevent the prosecution from submitting evidence or can help you seek lesser charges or sentencing. Call us today, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your charges. It is paramount to have an experienced and proven lawyer at your side when facing charges for heroin drug crime. Our Law Offices at Neil Weissman brings decades of experience to every case we handle and works to aggressively defend our client’s rights.