Schedule III Drugs
These drugs have moderate to low potential for dependence, are used in medicine, and their abuse may lead to low or moderate physical dependence while their psychological dependence is high. Schedule III drugs include anabolic steroids, testosterone, and Tylenol with codeine.
Schedule IV & V Drugs
The last two classifications of drugs have low potential risk for abuse, are commonly used for their medicinal purposes, and have a lower chance for physical or psychological abuse. Schedule IV drugs include Xanax, Valium, and Ambien, while Schedule V drugs include Lomotil, Motofen, and Lyrica.
Because they are categorized based on risk for abuse and dependence, you could be convicted and sentenced based on the classification of drugs you were charged for.
Types of Drug Charges in Georgia
There are five charges you could be potentially faced with: purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, and sale. The most common of the five is possession. Willfully possessing illegal substances is against the law, whether you’re “holding them for a friend” or not. As a result, possession accounts for over 80% of all drug-related arrests in the United States, according to the Department of Justice.
Regardless of what you’ve been charged with, you need a criminal defense attorney at your side so you’re given a fair chance during your proceedings.