Wyoming Drug Possession Laws
Wyoming drug possession laws (WY Stat. §§ 35-7-1014 through 35-7-1022) are serious, and it is important for anyone facing possession of illegal drug charges to begin working with an experienced Wyoming drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Depending upon the type of substance and the amount, a conviction for possession of illegal drugs could result in a substantial term of imprisonment and a significant monetary fine.
Moreover, a conviction for drug possession may be either a misdemeanor or felony offense, which will remain on your criminal record.
Even when you have completed your sentence, a criminal record for drug possession in Wyoming may prevent you from being eligible for certain jobs, lines of credit, and even rental houses.
Wyoming Drug Possession Lawyer Helping with Your Defense
If you are facing Wyoming drug possession charges, you should get started on your defense today with an experienced and aggressive Wyoming drug possession defense attorney.
The following information will provide you with more information about the charges you may be facing.
Understanding Types of Drug Classifications in Wyoming
In Wyoming, drug possession laws change in severity based on the classification of the particular type of drug. Wyoming drug possession laws classify substances into five different “Schedules,” or Schedule I through Schedule V.
The following is specific information about the different types of schedules:
- Schedule I: These substances do not have any accepted medical use, are considered unsafe, and also considered to have a high potential for drug abuse. Substances that are classified as Schedule I drugs include but are not limited to marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, and heroin.
- Schedule II: These substances are different types of narcotics and other stimulants that, like Schedule I substances, have a high potential for drug abuse. These substances also are known to cause dependence. Examples of Schedule II drugs include but are not limited to OxyContin, Percocet, methadone, and methamphetamine.
- Schedule III: Schedule III substances can lead to psychological or physical dependence in some circumstances, but are often considered to be lower-risk than Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. Examples include Tylenol with codeine and Vicodin. People routinely possess these drugs legally with a prescription.
- Schedule IV: This classification of substances includes those that can pose some risk, but the risk is lower than any of the above substances in Schedules I, II, or III. Examples of Schedule IV drugs include but are not limited to Xanax, Valium, and Ativan. These drugs routinely are possessed legally with a prescription.
- Schedule V: These substances have the lowest potential for abuse. Examples might include cough syrup with codeine.
Penalties for Drug Possession Under Wyoming Law: Lower Quantities
Wyoming law distinguishes between lower and higher quantities of controlled substances in a person’s possession when determining the potential penalties upon conviction. In general, if you are convicted of possessing a low quantity of drugs, you can still face jail time and a high monetary fine.
The following low-quantity possession amounts can result in a sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000:
- 3 oz or less of a plant form-controlled substance (such as marijuana);
- 3/10 of a gram or less of a liquid form-controlled substance;
- 3 grams or less of a powder, crystalline, pill, or capsule form of a controlled substance;
- Under 5/10 of a gram of crack cocaine; and
- Under 3/10 of a gram of LSD.
Penalties for Higher Quantity Drug Possession in Wyoming
If you are convicted of drug possession with an amount of a controlled substance above those amounts listed above, the penalties are more severe.
The following is additional information about the penalties you could face depending upon the type and amount of drug:
- Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance or methamphetamine: up to 7 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000;
- Other types of Schedule I, II, or III controlled substances: up to 10 of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
- Schedule IV controlled substance: up to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500; and
- Schedule V controlled substance: up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Contact a Drug Possession Defense Attorney in Wyoming
When you are facing drug possession charges, you should always get in touch with an experienced drug possession defense lawyer in Wyoming as soon as possible. Drug possession laws in the state are strict, and a person can face significant penalties upon conviction. Even small or limited amounts of a controlled substance can result in a jail term of up to a year and a hefty financial penalty.
One of the Wyoming criminal defense lawyers at our firm can get started on your case today. Contact Cowboy Country Criminal Defense for more information about our services.