Mississippi Takes Every Drug Case Seriously And So Do We
Nearly all drug charges in Mississippi are considered felonies and include harsh penalties that can affect your life far into the future. Only the most minor marijuana possession charge is a misdemeanor. Whether you have been charged with drug possession, manufacturing or distribution, you need legal help immediately to fight your charges.
Waldo Law Firm, PLLC, has been fighting for clients’ legal rights in northern Mississippi for over 25 years. The father-son team at Waldo Law Firm has deep roots in the community and knows the local judicial system. They will always work for the best result possible for your criminal case.
Penalties For Drug Charges
If convicted of a drug charge in Mississippi, you could face serious repercussions. As stated above, the only misdemeanor drug charge is the possession of fewer than 30 grams of marijuana. A first offense carries a $250 fine, but the second and third offenses require jail time. Be aware that you can also face charges for possession of drug paraphernalia.
All other drug offenses, including possession, manufacturing and drug distribution (drug sales) are felonies, and the penalties depend on what schedule the drug at issue falls under, such as:
- Schedule I and Schedule II: These drugs include ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and LSD. You could face up to 30 years in prison and between $5,000 and $1,000,000 in fines, though these penalties vary based on the amount in possession.
- Schedule III and Schedule IV: Ketamine, Xanax, Tylenol with codeine and anabolic steroids are all examples of drugs that fall into these categories. Penalties may include up to 20 years in prison and between $1,000 and $250,000 in fines.
- Schedule V: These drugs include Lyrica, Lomotil and cough syrup with codeine. You may have to pay a fine between $1,000 and $10,000 and spend up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
As your legal team, we will always fight to have charges dismissed or reduced, and if that is not possible, we will defend you vigorously at trial. We know the system and can guide you through the important decision of whether to accept a plea agreement or go to trial.
Don’t Take Chances With Your Future
If you are a college student at Ole Miss or elsewhere in northern Mississippi, a drug conviction can jeopardize your education. Make sure you know your rights and the penalties you could face from the school for a conviction. Contact Waldo Law Firm to protect your future and your education. We handle cases for college students on a variety of charges.
Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Options
If you are facing criminal drug charges, don’t wait to take action. Start your defense today. Call our Pontotoc office today at 662-871-3730 or send us an email.