Drug Laws in Wyoming
Public attitudes around drugs are in flux. In many states, advocates are pushing to decriminalize marijuana use and possession while maintaining a strong prohibition on other controlled substances, like heroin or cocaine.
In Wyoming, however, marijuana use and possession are still crimes, so you can be arrested and sentenced if you are caught. Needless to say, possession of other drugs are also crimes under Wyoming drug laws.
If you have been picked up for breaking a drug law, you need an attorney by your side.
Wyoming Drug Laws: Manufacture, Delivery, & Possession with Intent to Deliver
You can find the main drug law at § 35-7-1031, which is a very detailed statute. Section (a) makes it a crime to manufacture, deliver, or possess with the intent to manufacture or deliver controlled substances. You can find what substances are controlled (meaning regulated) by looking at certain schedules which list them.
- If caught with methamphetamine or narcotic listed in Schedule I or II, you can be imprisoned for up to 20 years and fined up to $25,000, or both, if convicted.
- If caught with a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance, then a conviction can send you to prison for 10 years and cost you $10,000 in fines.
- If caught with a Schedule IV drug, then a conviction can lead to up to 2 years in prison, a fine of $2,5000, or both.
- If caught with a Schedule V drug, then a conviction can result in a year in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both.
Wyoming also makes it a crime to manufacture, deliver, or possess a counterfeit substance. Penalties are similar to those listed above.
Wyoming Drug Laws: Possession
If you were caught possessing a controlled substance but did not have an intent to deliver it, then you face a different range of punishments, which you can find in WY Stat. § 35-7-1031(c). The punishment depends on the substance and the amount, along with whether this was your first offense.
For example, being caught with more than 3 ounces of marijuana will be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 12 months and a fine of $1,000, or both. If you are caught with LSD, you can have no more than 3/10 of a gram or else you will be punished with a misdemeanor.
Repeat offenders face harsher penalties. For example, if you have three or more convictions for marijuana possession, then you face up to 5 years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. Repeat convictions for possessing other controlled substances can bring even harsher penalties.
Do You Have a Defense? Speak to a Wyoming Drug Charge Attorney
In the moments after a drug bust or arrest, you might feel hopeless. However, you do have options. An experienced criminal defense attorney at Cowboy Country can review your case and determine whether the initial search and arrest were legal.
If not, we can move to suppress the evidence against you.
Even if the arrest was legal, we might be able to get a favorable plea and keep you out of jail. Contact us today. We offer free initial consultations.