Uman Law Firm

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 STATE AND FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES


Uman Law Firm represents clients charged with serious state and federal drug crimes such as conspiracy and trafficking.

Some of the most common charges involve the following illegal drugs and penalties.

Amphetamine

Cocaine

Cocaine Base

GHB

Heroin

Ketamine

LSD

Marijuana

MDMA (Ecstasy)

Oxycodone

Phencyclidine (PCP)

Rohypnol (Roofies)

Steroids

Amphetamine/Methamphetamine


( Schedule II Substance )

Classification Stimulant

Other drugs in the same classification: Cocaine, Ritalin Street Terms Meth, Speed, Ice, Crystal Meth, Poor man's cocaine 

Appearance

Typically, methamphetamine is a white, odorless powder that easily dissolves in water. Another form of methamphetamine, commonly called, "Ice", is found in clear, chunky crystals. Methamphetamine can also be found in the form of small, brightly colored tablets called by their Thai name, yaba. Method of Use Injecting, Snorting, Smoking, Oral ingestion.

Cost

The 2001 national ranges in price for methamphetamine powder were:Pound: $3,000 - $23,000Ounce: $300 - 2,200Gram: $20 - 300The 2001 national ranges in price for crystal methamphetamine, or "ICE", were:Pound: $10,000 - $30,000Ounce: $140 - $400

Consequences of Use

Addiction, psychotic behavior and brain damage.

Signs and Symptoms

Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate and blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite.

Dependence:

Physical Possible

Psychological Possible

Tolerance: Yes

Duration: 2-4 hours

Effects of an Overdose:

Agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible death.

Withdrawal Syndrome:

Apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, disorientation.


PENALTIES

First Federal or State Drug Conviction Up to 1 year imprisonment; minimum $1000 fine; cost of investigation and prosecution.


Second Federal or State Drug Conviction Not less than 15 days imprisonment but not more than 2 years imprisonment; minimum $2,500 fine; cost of investigation and prosecution; sentence cannot be suspended or deferred. 


Third Federal or State Drug Conviction Not less than 90 days imprisonment but not more than 3 years imprisonment; minimum $5,000 fine; cost of investigation and prosecution; sentence cannot be suspended or deferred. NOTE: The term "State Drug Conviction" is defined as any drug, narcotic, or chemical, offense chargeable under the law of any state. Federal Trafficking Penalties For Quantity: 5-49 grams or more of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers, or 50 grams or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers.First Offense: Not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment; at least 4 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $2,000,000 if an individual, or $5,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.Second Offense:Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 8 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.For Quantity: 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers, or 500 grams or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, and salts of its isomers.First Offense: Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 5 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, or $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.Second Offense: Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 5 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, or $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.


Cocaine( Schedule II Substance ) cocaine hydrochloride

Classification Stimulant

Other drugs in the same classification: cocaine base ("crack"), diet pills, Ritalin, methamphetamine Street Terms Blow, nose candy, snowball, tornado, wicky stick, coke Appearance White crystalline powder Method of Use Powder cocaine is generally snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Cost The 2001 national ranges in price for cocaine were:Kilogram: $10,000 - $36,000Ounce: $400 - $1,800Gram: $20 - $200 Consequences of UseCocaine is powerfully addictive. Smoking crack can cause severe chest pains with lung trauma and bleeding. The mixing of cocaine and alcohol create cocaethylene while increasing risk of sudden death. Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory arrest. Signs and Symptoms Excitation, euphoria, increased blood pressure & pulse, insomnia, loss of appetite, agitation, depression, irritability, coma, deathDependence: Physical PossiblePsychological Possible Tolerance: YesDuration: 1 to 2 hoursEffects of an Overdose: Agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions, possible deathWithdrawal Syndrome: Apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression, disorientation Medical Uses of Cocaine Local anesthetic

PENALTIES

First Federal or State Drug Conviction Up to 1 year imprisonment, minimum $1,000 fine, costs of investigation and prosecution. Second Federal or State Drug Conviction Not less than 15 days imprisonment but not more than 2 years imprisonment, minimum $2,500 fine, costs of investigation and prosecution, sentence cannot be suspended or deferred. Third Federal or State Drug Conviction Not less than 90 days imprisonment but not more than 3 years imprisonment, minimum $5,000 fine, costs of investigation and prosecution, sentence cannot be suspended or deferred. NOTE: The term "State Drug Conviction" is defined as any drug, narcotic, or chemical, offense chargeable under the law of any state. Federal Trafficking PenaltiesFor Quantity: 500 to 4,999 grams of a mixture containing a detectable amount of cocaine hydrochloride.First Offense: Not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment; at least 4 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $2,000,000 if an individual, or $5,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.Second Offense:Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 8 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.For Quantity: 5 kilograms or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of cocaine hydrochloride.First Offense: Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 5 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, or $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.Second Offense: Not less than 20 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 10 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $8,000,000 if an individual, or $20,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.


Cocaine Base( Schedule II Substance )

Street Terms Stimulant


Other drugs in the same classification: Amphetamine, Methamphetamine Crack, rock, cookies Off-white, chunky material Crack cocaine is usually smoked. The 2001 national ranges in price for cocaine base were:Ounce: $500 - $1,500Rock (between 1/10 and 1/2 gram): $5 - $100 Increased alertness, excitation, euphoria, increased pulse rate and blood pressure, insomnia, and loss of appetite.Dependence: Physical Possible Psychological Possible Tolerance: YesDuration: 1-2 hoursEffects of an Overdose: Agitation, increased body temperature, hallucinations, convulsions and possible death.Withdrawal Syndrome: Apathy, long periods of sleep, irritability, depression and disorientation.

If the amount of mixture or substance containing cocaine base exceeds 5 grams, the term of imprisonment shall be not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years and a minimum fine of $1,000. If the amount of mixture or substance containing cocaine base exceeds 3 grams, the term of imprisonment shall be not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years and a minimum fine of $1,000. If the amount of mixture or substance containing cocaine base exceeds 1 gram, the term of imprisonment shall be not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years and a minimum fine of $1,000. 5-49 grams of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base. Not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment; at least 4 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $2,000,000 if an individual, or $5,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.Not less than 5 years and not more than 40 years imprisonment; at least 4 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $2,000,000 if an individual, or $5,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole. 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base. Not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 5 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $4,000,000 if an individual, or $10,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes not less than 20 years or more than life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole. Not less than 20 years and not more than life imprisonment; at least 10 years supervised release; fine not to exceed $8,000,000 if an individual, or $20,000,000 if other than an individual, or both. If death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of this substance, the imprisonment range becomes life. This sentence may not be suspended, nor is the convicted person eligible for probation or parole.


GHB( Schedule I Substance )

gamma hydroxybutyric acidClassification DepressantOther drugs in the same classification: Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol, QuaaludeDepressantOther drugs in the same classification: Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol, QuaaludeStreet Terms Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Scoop, Easy Lay, Georgia Home Boy, Grievous Bodily Harm, Goop

Appearance

Odorless, colorless liquid or a white powder

Method of Use

Usually ingested in a liquid mixture; most commonly mixed with alcoholIf you or someone you know is under investigation, under arrest, or otherwise involved in a case involving controlled substance offenses, it is important that you consult with a lawyer before making a statement to police, investigators, or federal agents. Contact our Gainesville law firm if you would like a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney about your situation.