Controlled Substances law Virginia Fairfax Lawyer
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The Commonwealth of Virginia has established the Drug Control Act in order to regulate illegal drugs and any other potentially harmful and dangerous substances. Throughout this act, the definition of controlled substances is explained and its schedules are elaborated upon below.
A controlled substance in accordance to the laws of Virginia means any drug or compound that possesses certain dangerous chemicals or substances as well as qualities.
Drugs that appear on an official schedule are the only drugs that may be considered as controlled substances. It must be noted that controlled substances may not include any drugs or chemicals that are approved for usage or are currently pending for approval. One of the main conditions for a drug to be deemed as a controlled substance is if it appears on one of the schedules that are further mentioned down below.
There are six different categories that group controlled substances.
- Schedule one: In terms of these substances, they are classified as very abusive and they do not have any safe medical usage to an individual. An example of a drug that is classified under this schedule is heroin and peyote;
- Schedule two: In terms of these substances, they are classified as less abusive than the above mentioned in schedule one, they possess limited medical benefits, and may lead to extreme dependence that may result in interference from a doctor. Such include, but are not limited to, cocaine and opium;
- Schedule three: In terms of these substances, they are classified as less abusive than the above mentioned in schedule two however, they tend to have so called “accepted” medical benefits and may lead to moderate dependence rather than severe. Such include, but are not limited to, ketamine and anabolic steroids;
- Schedule Four: In terms of these substances, they are classified as less abusive than the above mentioned in schedule three however, they as well have “accepted” medical benefits, and do not lead to moderate dependence, but limited dependence;
- Schedule Five: In terms of these substances, they are classified as less abusive than the above mentioned in schedule four however, have accepted benefits as well as the substances in schedule four, and can lead to limited dependence. Such include, but are not limited to, small quantities of opium and codeine; and
- Schedule Six: In terms of these substances, they are classified as substances that are potentially dangerous but that are not present in any of the schedules mentioned above. Such substances include, but are not limited to, pharmaceutical prescribed drugs and other medications intended solely for a named patient or patients.
Finally, it is highly advisable that individuals, in case they have been charged with any drug crime, to contact or even hire an attorney at law for obtaining legal advice and/or representation on the matter. In addition to the above mentioned, it is very much advisable for any individuals charged with a drug crime not to represent themselves no matter the situation.
If you need a Virginia Controlled Substances Lawyer to help you with your Controlled Substances case in Virginia, call us at 888-437-7747. Our Virginia Controlled Substances Attorneys can help you. C