How a drug crime is charged has a lot to do with the drug's 'schedule,' or how that drug is regulated. The drug schedules range from Schedule I (drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use) to Schedule V (low abuse potential and available over the counter). Possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug is charged as a felony.
Schedule I Drugs
- GHB (date rape drug)
Schedule II Drugs
These lists are not exhaustive; there are drugs on both schedules that aren't listed here. However, the drugs in each of these lists are the most commonly charged substances in felony drug cases.
The Penalties for Felony Drug Possession in Michigan
Like with most possession laws, the punishment you could be facing depends on how much of a Schedule I or II drug you're accused of possessing.
- If you had 25-50 grams, you're facing 4 years of prison and $25,000 in fines
- If you had 50-450 grams, you're facing 20 years of prison and $250,000 in fines
- If you had 450-1,000 grams, you're facing 30 years of prison and $500,000 in fines
- If you had 1,000 grams or more, you're facing life in prison and $1,000,000 in fines
The exception to these is marijuana—possession of marijuana in any amount has a maximum penalty of 1 year of prison and $2,000 in fines.
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