What are Michigan’s drug charges for selling and manufacturing?

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

If you have a mild headache, rash, cough or burn, you could go to any pharmacy and buy just about any over-the-counter drug at your disposal. Many of these drugs, when taken at the recommended dosage, can relieve minor medical symptoms. If someone needed stronger medication for their illness, they’ll likely have to go through their doctor or prescriber for prescription medicine.

Regardless of how or why someone purchases their drugs, nearly any form of drug, over-the-counter or prescription medicine, can cause addiction. Addiction is a serious illness that causes people to abuse substances, which may put their physical and mental health at risk of impairment. Addiction is just one of the many reasons people illegally produce and  distribute drugs. Here’s what you should know about drug selling and manufacturing:

Knowing your controlled substances

Most drugs prescribed by doctors or purchased at stores are regarded as controlled substances. A controlled drug is regulated because it has the potential of causing severe dependency issues. Controlled substances are categorized, under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, into five categories:

  • Schedule I: These drugs are often mind-altering substances with the highest potential of being abused. Schedule I drugs typically have no approved use and are considered illicit drugs.
  • Schedule II: These drugs have a lower abuse and dependence potential, and thus, may be prescribed by doctors on rare occasions.
  • Schedule III: These drugs have even lower abuse potential, yet, may still cause physiological dependency. Schedule III drugs may be prescribed by doctors for select patients.
  • Schedule IV: These drugs are likely to be prescribed by doctors because of their low addiction potential.
  • Schedule V: These drugs are often abused the least.

Some people become so dependent on scheduled drugs that they’ll take alternative means to acquire them. Controlled substances that are sold or made by someone who isn’t medically licensed to do so are considered illegal substances.

Michigan takes its illegal substance laws very seriously. In essence, the penalty of a drug charge depends on which scheduled drug was found possessed or manufactured. In almost all charges, a conviction may result in incarceration and fines. However, a judge determines the outcome of a drug charge and a strong defense may be able to reduce penalties.

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