Drug Crimes Attorneys in Omaha, Nebraska
Facing drug charges is always an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Nebraska courts take drug crime cases very seriously and enforce harsh penalties for anyone convicted of drug possession, manufacturing, distribution, trafficking, or sale.
That is why people facing drug charges in Nebraska should contact a criminal defense attorney to protect their rights and fight against the allegations. At Abrahamson Law Office, our attorneys have extensive experience in defending clients facing drug charges in Omaha and throughout the state of Nebraska, including Sarpy County, Douglas County, Washington County, Saunders County, Otoe County, and Dodge County.
If you or someone you love has been charged with a drug crime, contact our drugs crimes defense attorneys to help you identify effective defense strategies and apply them to your case.
Drug Charges in Nebraska
There are several controlled substance charges in Nebraska, including:
Drug Possession — In Nebraska, you can be charged with either actual or constructive possession for willfully possessing controlled substances.
Drug Possession with the Intent to Distribute — Depending on the quantity of the drugs found in your possession, law enforcement may presume that you intended to sell or distribute the drugs.
Drug Manufacturing — Any manufacturing, preparation, production, or cultivation of controlled substances for personal use, sale, or distribution is illegal in Nebraska.
Drug Trafficking — Also known as distribution, drug trafficking is the most serious drug charge that applies to situations in which a defendant is caught with a large quantity of drugs and/or transporting them across state lines.
Regardless of the type of drug charges you are facing, our criminal defense attorneys at Abrahamson Law Office are prepared to perform a comprehensive investigation into your case and formulate an effective defense strategy to try to get the charges dropped or reduced.
Drug Schedules in Nebraska
Many other states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. Nebraska, however, is not currently one of them. Nebraska still makes it illegal to possess even small quantities of marijuana. Even an amount less than an ounce can be charged as an infraction with a fine on the first offense of $300.00. Other controlled substances fall under the state’s classification of drugs based on the risk of abuse and harm. Nebraska recognizes five drug schedule classifications:
Schedule I — These drugs have the highest potential for abuse (examples include heroin, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine, and others)
Schedule II — These drugs have a high potential for abuse and some medical use with restrictions (e.g., morphine, cocaine, methadone, hydrocodone, etc.)
Schedule III — These drugs have medium potential for abuse and approved medical use (e.g., anabolic steroids, codeine, ketamine, etc.)
Schedule IV — These drugs have a lower potential for abuse and widely approved medical use (e.g., lorazepam, ephedrine, diazepam, alprazolam, clonazepam, etc.)
Schedule V — These drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and are widely used for medical purposes (e.g., cough medicines with codeine, Lyrica, motofen, lomotil, etc.)
Penalties for drug-related crimes depend on the schedule of the drug. The higher the potential for abuse, the more severe the punishment.
Possible Penalties for Drug Charges in Nebraska
In Nebraska, possible penalties for drug charges depend on various factors, including:
The type of the drug
The specific charges (possession, manufacture, distribution, etc.)
The substance’s classification (drug schedule) under Nebraska law
The quantity of the controlled substance
The defendant’s prior conviction
The maximum penalty for drug possession is five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Possible penalties for drug manufacturing, trafficking, and distribution are much more severe.
Drug Crimes Attorneys in Omaha, Nebraska
Nebraska’s justice system takes drug charges very seriously. If you or someone you love has been charged with a drug crime, contact our criminal defense attorneys at Abrahamson Law Office to discuss your options for resolving the case. We have more than 45 years of combined experience in representing residents of Omaha, Nebraska, as well as the counties of Saunders, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington.