Idaho takes a strict stance on drug crimes. A conviction can have serious, even life-changing, short and long term consequences affecting your freedom, future, employment, personal relationships, and reputation.
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Idaho Drug Crimes - Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance
It is unlawful for any person to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by law.
If you are found to be in violation of this law, the crime can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. While a misdemeanor offense is considered a "lesser crime" it should be taken seriously - A conviction can have serious, even dire, consequences.
What Is Misdemeanor Possession Of A Controlled Substance?
Any person who has in his possession a controlled substance that is a nonnarcotic drug classified in Schedule I (except lysergic acid diethylamide), or a controlled substance classified in Schedules III, IV, V and VI is guilty of a misdemeanor.
See: Idaho Code § 37-2732
Potential Punishments If Convicted Of Misdemeanor Possession
Upon conviction, a defendant may be imprisoned for not more than one (1) year, fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.
There may be other punishments as well including: Probation, Restitution (for lab testing), Drug and alcohol classes, etc.
However, this mays simply be the beginning...
Beyond a punishment issued by the court, a conviction can be particularly harmful in terms of gaining future employment, state licensing, educational loans, and other benefits.The conviction will show up on background checks and employers tend to be wary of applicants with drug records. But there is hope. An experienced Idaho attorney can often help you defeat the charge and keep the matter off your record.
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