We Believe In Vigorous Defense Against Drug Possession Charges

Drug possession is a very broad offense in Arkansas. In addition to criminalizing the possession of drugs, Arkansas punishes people who have ingredients used to make illegal drugs. A conviction for possessing even a small amount of drugs or component chemicals has severe consequences.

At the James Law Firm, we have vast experience defending clients against drug charges, and we are ready to help you. Whether you face a misdemeanor or felony possession charge, our battle-tested attorneys can build a defense for you.

How Are Drugs Classified In Arkansas?

Arkansas divides drugs into categories called schedules. Generally, illegal drugs are classified according to their potential for addiction and abuse:

  • Schedule I — This group includes heroin, methaqualone, LSD, peyote, psilocybin, mescaline and other powerful opiate and hallucinogenic drugs.
  • Schedule II — This category includes methamphetamine, morphine, oxycodone, cocaine, methadone, hydrocodone, and raw opium.
  • Schedule III — These drugs include anabolic steroids and strong prescription stimulants and depressants.
  • Schedule IV — This category includes prescription depressants such as phenobarbital and tramadol, and stimulants such as pemoline.
  • Schedule V — This group contains weaker stimulants and painkillers, such as ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Law enforcement may target people with large amounts of Schedule V drugs because they suspect they are using them in drug manufacturing.
  • Schedule VI — This category includes marijuana, salvia and their synthetic equivalents.

The state occasionally reclassifies drugs based of new scientific evidence. At James Law Firm, we keep up with any changes in the law that could affect our clients.

What Are The Penalties For Drug Possession?

In Arkansas, drug-possession penalties are based on the type of drug and the amount of the drug. For example, a small amount of a Schedule VI drug is a Class A misdemeanor, while possession of 100 pounds or more is a Class A felony. Of course, a defendant accused of possessing 100 pounds of more of an illegal substance is likely to be charged with distribution of drugs.

The penalties also can become more severe depending on the defendant's location at the time of the alleged possession, such as at a park, school or hospital. Repeat offenders may be subject to additional penalties.

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At the James Law Firm in Little Rock, our experienced attorneys are available 24/7 to serve you. Call our lawyers at 501-375-0900 or contact us online.

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