Drug Offense Attorney – New Hampshire
Attorney Bartis understands the risk to your reputation and livelihood if you are found guilty of a drug offense. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, contact us to schedule your personalized case evaluation with an experienced drug possession defense attorney.
Bartis Law Firm represents clients facing all types of drug charges in Nashua, New Hampshire, and surrounding areas.
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Drug Offense Law – Possession and Sale
Any person can be charged with a drug crime who knowingly possesses, transports, purchases, or sells any controlled substance or drug. Common charges include possession of a controlled drug and possession with intent to distribute.
New Hampshire recognizes five schedules of drugs, meaning controlled dangerous substances (CDS) are classified into five categories. These categories are based on the substance’s probability of abuse or perceived level of danger, as well as recognized medical use.
New Hampshire follows the federal schedule of drugs:
|Schedule of Drug||Level of Danger||Common Examples|
|Schedule I||No current accepted medical use and high risk for abuse||LSD, heroin, ecstasy, quaalude|
|Schedule II||Some accepted medical use and high risk for abuse||Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), methadone, OxyContin, fentanyl, Adderall, Ritalin|
|Schedule III||Accepted medical use and low risk for abuse||Tylenol with codeine, anabolic steroids, testosterone|
|Schedule IV||Accepted medical use and lower risk for abuse||Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien|
|Schedule V||Accepted medical use and lowest risk for abuse||Cough syrup with codeine, Lomotil, Motofen, Lyrica|
The potential penalties for being convicted of possession or intent to distribute one of these drugs vary significantly by schedule and amount in your possession. The minimum fine is $350 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
With a first offense conviction of a Schedule V drug, you could face up to $15,000 in fines and seven years in prison. With Schedule I-IV, maximum fines can reach $500,000, and you can face 30 years in prison—or more for subsequent convictions.
Although still considered a Schedule I drug by the federal government, the possession of less than three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana is decriminalized in New Hampshire, only warranting a $100 fine. More than three-quarters of an ounce is a misdemeanor, punishable with up to one year in prison and $350 in fines.
If you are charged with possession or intent to sell, you should consult an experienced drug crimes lawyer right away to review your options for a strong defense.
Drug Offense Law – Manufacturing
In addition to possession and intent to sell, you may face charges for drug manufacturing. You can be charged with manufacturing if you are thought to be involved in any step of the production process. In addition to knowingly making an illicit substance, the selling of chemicals or specialized equipment used in production could get you arrested.
To be convicted of manufacturing, generally just owning the substance(s) or equipment used in production is not enough. The prosecution must prove you knowingly participated in the fabrication of an illicit drug intended for distribution.
Manufacturing drug charges carry similar penalties as those of possession with intent. Maximum penalties in New Hampshire for manufacturing an illicit substance are up to $500,000 in fines and 30 years in prison for a first offense. Subsequent convictions could have you facing up to life in prison.
Not every drug charge is as open and shut as law enforcement may have you believe. If you or someone you know is charged with manufacturing drugs, don’t delay in contacting a skilled drug manufacture defense lawyer to review your options.
Drug Sale Defense Lawyer – NH
Attorney Bartis has been practicing law in New Hampshire for over twenty years. He has committed his career to defend your freedoms.
If you or someone you know is charged with a drug offense, call Bartis Law Offices for a personalized consultation. We will fight for your constitutional rights, and we do so intending to have the charges dismissed. It is our objective to defend you and to avoid indictment, conviction, and incarceration.
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