Possession of Schedule IV drugs
April 26th, 2023
Louisiana has five Controlled Dangerous Substances categories based on the type of substance and its use.
What is a Schedule IV drug
Schedule IV drugs are narcotic drugs. In addition, the list includes some depressants and stimulants. Of the approximately 75 listed, the most common I deal with are:
* Alprazolam, or Xanax
* Clonazepam, or Klonopin
* Diazepam, or Valium
* Lorazepam, or Ativan
Penalties for manufacturing and distributing schedule IV drugs
The penalty for producing, manufacturing, or possessing with the intent to distribute a schedule IV drug is punishable by one to ten years of hard labor and up to a $10,000 fine. The exception is flunitrazepam, which has an increased penalty range.
Penalties for possession of schedule IV drugs
The penalty for possession of schedule IV drugs is one to five years of hard labor and up to a $5000 fine. The exception is flunitrazepam, which has an increased penalty range.
Keep in mind the laws and interpretations are continually changing. The above references laws in effect as of 2023 outlined in LSA R.S. 40:969. As rulings come down from different courts and jurisdictions, these rules are apt to change.
If you or someone you know has a question about schedule IV drug laws and wants to discuss the process and defenses, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Larrion L. Hillman at 318-549-9810. This blog is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship or provide legal advice. Larrion Hillman practices criminal defense in Caddo Parish, Webster Parish, Bossier Parish, Shreveport, and Bossier City, Louisiana. And remember, keep calm and let Hillman handle it.