One type or drug that is prohibited in the US is methamphetamine, an extremely addictive synthetic or artificial stimulant that is made from chemicals and which directly affects its user’s central nervous system. This Substance II drug is available in crystal or rock-like form, as pills, or as white or yellowish crystalline powder and it can be injected, swallowed, smoked or inhaled. Methamphetamine is also known under the names speed, ice, methlies quick, crystal meth, tweak, yaba, fire, glass, crank, yellow bam, stove top, upper, poor man’s cocaine, and trash. Increased or prolonged use of methamphetamine is said to lead to obsessive compulsive behavior, brain damage, paranoia, mania, psychosis, organ failure, loss of appetite, increased blood pressure, disordered thinking, extreme mood swings, aggression, and rotting of the teeth. Heavy users, however, are never advised to immediately discontinue using the drug as this may lead to withdrawal symptoms, severe depression, anxiety, fearfulness and lethargy.
A Substance II drug, as defined by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA), is a drug that has a high potential for abuse and dependence. Thus, while possession of methamphetamine is considered illegal, more so is its distribution or sale. Besides the drug itself, however, federal and state laws also strictly prohibit the possession of any paraphernalia and chemicals associated with its manufacture.
A drug crime, though, is not limited to possession and/or sale of prohibited substances, but also includes manufacture, delivery, trafficking and use of these. With regard to methamphetamine, mere possession of this drug can mean up to $10,000 fine and 2 years imprisonment, while possessing large amounts of it can result to a $100,000 fine and no more than 99 years jail term.
An article on the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., explains that the seriousness of a drug offense necessitates a well planned argument and defense, as well as substantial evidences that can lead to a not guilty verdict, the dropping of the case, or, in case of a possible conviction, being given the least punishment. To be assured of any of these outcomes, however, the article continues that the accused will definitely need a lawyer who is tough and highly-experienced in court proceedings involving drug crimes.Read More