What Are Schedule I – V Narcotics

by J.D. Garrett on July 25, 2012

The Virginia Drug Control Act classifies narcotics into five classes (I-V) based on the Federal Controlled Substance Act. If you have been charged with simple possession of a controlled substance or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (PWID), the criminal penalty varies depending upon this classification.
  • Schedule I narcotics are those that are defined as having a high tendency for abuse and addition, and have no accepted medical use or treatment. Examples of Schedule I controlled substances include heroin, Quaaludes, and MDMA (Ecstasy) and other methamphetamines.
  • Schedule II narcotics are also defined as having a high potential for abuse, but have some medical treatment value under severe restrictions. Examples include cocaine and PCP, as well as commonly prescribed narcotics such as Oxycodone, Morphine and Ritalin.
  • Schedule III-V narcotics are those with a commonly accepted medical value and are less likely to be abused. Examples include steroids (III), Ketamine (III) and Hydrocodone (III), Xanax (IV), Valium (IV). Schedule V narcotics include many common medications such as prescription level cough syrup like Robitussin.

In Virginia, the penalty for possession of, or for possession with intent to distribute, a Schedule I/II narcotic is the most serious. Both are charged as a felony with potential prison time. Simple possession carries a maximum sentence of ten years; possession with intent to distribute carries a maximum of forty years in prison, with a minimum of five years. Simple possession of any Schedule III-V is a misdemeanor criminal offense, possession with intent to distribute is a felony in all situations except Schedule V (Class 1 misdemeanor).

If you or someone you know is facing a charge for simple possession of a controlled substance or possession with intent to distribute schedule I-V narcotics, it is important to speak with a Virginia Beach drug defense lawyer immediately. Our criminal defense lawyers are available 24/7/365 to answer your questions. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. (757) 422-4646.

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