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A Felony Drug Charge Overview

A Felony Drug Charge Overview

If you or someone you know faces criminal charges in Nebraska related to a drug crime, you will want to understand how the law identifies the exact type of charge. Some offenses may be misdemeanors and others may be felonies. Even within the realm of felonies there are different levels or classes of charges. Each of these classes has its own set of associated penalties if convicted. Just how are these identified?

The Nebraska Legislature explains that the type of drug as well as type of action alleged can impact the ultimate charge a person may face. For example, if you are accused of possessing a controlled substance other than marijuana, you may be charged with a Class IV felony. The list of controlled substances is outlined by the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. Other allegations such as the manufacture, dispensation, delivery or distribution of these substances may lead to more serious felony charges.

For drugs identified as Schedule V or IV controlled substances, those actions may result in Class IIIA felony charges. Class II or Class IIA felony charges may be assessed for drugs identified as Schedule I, II or III. The difference between a Class II and Class IIA charge may be related to the level of hazard associated with the particular substance involved in the case.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Nebraska residents an overview of the levels of seriousness and types of felony charges associated with certain drug charges.

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