Drug offenses are taken very seriously in Bellevue. For example, possession of a large amount of any drug or controlled substance could be seen as evidence of the intent to distribute or dispense the substance, which could potentially carry a substantial prison term upon conviction. Therefore, it is important to let a Bellevue drug lawyer represent you if you are facing drug charges.
A skilled defense lawyer could defend you against drug charges while also protecting your rights. With a lawyer from Berry Law on your side, you could have someone looking out for your best interests and fighting to secure a positive outcome in your case.
Drug Laws in Bellevue
Laws regarding narcotics, other illicit drugs, and controlled substances appear in Chapter 28 of the Nebraska Revised Statutes. Examples of drug offenses outlined in the statutes include:
- Distributing, delivering, dispensing, or manufacturing a controlled substance
- Possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, dispense, or deliver the substance
- Creating or distributing a counterfeit controlled substance
- Possessing of a counterfeit controlled substance with the intent to distribute it
Drugs and controlled substances are classified into five difference schedules according to their potential for abuse or addiction, and whether they serve any medical purpose. Substances listed in Schedule I have the highest potential for addiction or abuse with minimal to no medicinal use.
Substances listed in Schedules II and III also have a risk of abuse or addiction, but many serve a medicinal purpose. Schedule IV and V substances have the lowest risk of addiction or abuse. An attorney who handles drug cases in Bellevue could answer questions about drug laws and the five different drug schedules.
Penalties for Drug Offenses
The penalties for drug offenses in Bellevue vary based on several factors, such as whether the drug or controlled substance involved in the offense is classified as a Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V substance. The amount of the drug or controlled substance involved in the offense can also affect the resulting penalty. Finally, prior convictions for drug offenses could also impact the severity of penalties imposed.
Drug offenses involving exceptionally hazardous substances listed in Schedules I, II, or III are classified as Class II felonies, which are punishable by a sentence of one to 50 years in prison. Other offenses involving drugs from Schedules I, II, or III are charged as Class IIA felonies and can be punished by up to 20 years in prison.
Drug offenses involving substances listed in Schedule IV or V are classified as Class IIIA felonies. The penalties for such offenses include incarceration for nine months to three years, a $10,000 fine, and post-release supervision for up to 18 months.
A Bellevue Drug Attorney Can Help
You should not try to fight drug charges on your own. A Bellevue drug lawyer who understands the drug laws could provide critical legal representation.
In addition to defending you against criminal charges for a drug offense, an attorney could also ensure your legal rights are protected. Contact a Berry Law today to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our skilled drug attorneys.