I get calls on a weekly basis from people who have been charged with possession of a controlled substance in Mississippi. These calls include charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of meth, and many other drugs.
In Mississippi, drug possession is made a crime under the Uniform Controlled Substances Law. The law first breaks down various substances and places them on five (5) separate lists, or “schedules.” Some of the more common drugs we see in drug possession cases are:
Possession of Marijuana: Schedule I
Possession of Methamphetamine: Schedule II
Possession of Ecstacy or MDMA: Schedule I
Possession of Cocaine: Schedule II
Possession of Codeine: Schedule II
Possession of Oxycodone: Schedule II
Possession of Xanax: Schedule IV
Possession of Hydrocodone: Schedule II
It is illegal to possess any controlled substance without a valid prescription. If a person without a prescription is caught with a controlled substance in Mississippi, he will be charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Mississippi controlled substances law provides for harsh sentences if convicted for possession of a controlled substance. The potential sentence depends on the type of drug, amount of the drug, and whether or not it was possessed with intent to sell or distribute.
If you are charged with possession of a controlled substance, you need an experienced Mississippi criminal defense lawyer to represent your interest. Penalties under the controlled substances law can include life sentences. You can’t afford not to have a tough, smart lawyer working to keep you out of prison.
If you need a criminal lawyer, call us at 601.944.1984 for a free consultation. You can also visit our Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense website for more information.