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If you’ve received drug charges, then you need a lawyer who will fight for you. Because if you’re found guilty, you’ll possibly face fines, probation or even jail time.

The severity of your punishment is dependent on several factors at the time of possession.

  • Types of illegal drugs
  • Amounts of illegal drugs
  • Whether or not you manufactured the illegal drugs
  • If you distributed or had intent to distribute or traffic the drugs
  • If you fraudulently obtained the drugs without a prescription

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Classes of Illegal Drugs

Schedule 1 Drugs

The most serious criminal drug charges include the following:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Ecstasy

Schedule 1 drugs carry a high tendency for abuse. They also carry a high risk for psychological and physical dependence.

Pharmacies are forbidden to sell them. Even though some states in the U.S. allow marijuana dispensaries, it’s still classified by the federal government as a Schedule 1 drug.

If you attempt to profit by selling Schedule 1 drugs, then you face significant penalties and jail time. Because that’s classified as trafficking.

If you abuse Schedule 1 drugs, then you can also be sentenced to a rehabilitation facility.

Schedule 2 Drugs

  • Opiates
  • Narcotics (for example, oxycodone)

Schedule 2 drugs carry a high tendency for abuse. They also carry a high risk for psychological and physical dependence.

If you attempt to profit by selling Schedule 2 drugs, then you face significant penalties and jail time.

If you abuse Schedule 2 drugs, then you can also be sentenced to a rehabilitation facility.

Schedule 3 Drugs

The most serious criminal drug charges include the following:

  • Drugs containing more than 90 milligrams of Codeine per dosage (for example, Tylenol with Codeine).
  • Steroids

While Schedule 3 drugs have the potential for abuse, the risk is lower than Schedule 1 or 2 drugs. They may carry moderate or low psychological and physical dependence. And can be prescribed by either pharmacists or doctors.

Schedule 4 Drugs

The most serious criminal drug charges include the following:

  • Xanax
  • Clonazepam

Schedule 4 drugs have a low potential for abuse. They may carry low risk for psychological and physical dependence. Schedule 4 drugs can also be prescribed by either pharmacists or doctors.

Schedule 5 Drugs

The least serious criminal drug charges are cough medicines containing less than 200 milligrams of codeine per 100 milliliters of product (for example, Robitussin and Phenergan with Codeine).

Schedule 5 drugs have a low potential for abuse. They may carry low risk for psychological and physical dependence. They are typically prescribed in low quantities.

Finally, Schedule 5 drugs can be prescribed by either pharmacists or doctors.

A complete list of the schedules is published and updated annually: Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) §§1308.11 through 1308.15.

What to Do if You Receive Criminal Drug Charges

Keep in mind. Drug possession doesn’t always mean the drugs are found on your person. You can be charged with Constructive Possession. For example, if a joint is in your ashtray. Or drugs are in the trunk, in which case everyone in the car can be charged.

Additionally, remember that law enforcement can administer a drug test based on suspicion alone.

Choose a drug charges lawyer who both can and will explain the penalties you face. You’ll definitely want to review all of your options.

Do you have drug charges against you? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Drug Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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Your Defense Attorney for Drug Charges

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, Federal Drug Charges, Drug Manufacturing, Transportation/Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession for Sale to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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