Adderall is a popularly prescribed drug used primarily to treat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While the drug can be beneficial in this regard, in recent years a number of people have taken to using stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin for other off-label purposes, such as to stimulate mood or as a study aid. Because the drug is effective at sharpening cognitive focus and staving off fatigue, it has become widely popular among college students dealing with large workloads.
Adderall is a controlled substance belonging to the class of Schedule II amphetamines, making their use for anything other than its original purpose illegal. Thus, any individual who is caught with one of these drugs without a prescription can face serious penalties for violating federal and state law. Aside from possession, an individual may also face DUI charges if they were discovered to be under the influence of the drug while driving, or trafficking charges if they transported a quantity of the drug with the intention to sell it. In these cases, even intent to possess, manufacture, or sell controlled substances is a punishable offense.
A person who is found to be in possession of a Schedule II amphetamine can face the following penalties:
- Up to one year in prison, and/or
- A fine of at least $1,000
Subsequent offenses can result in increased penalties and may require an offender to attend counseling for substance abuse.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles
Cases involving the possession or sale of drugs should be taken very seriously. If you are facing drug charges after having been found in possession of Adderall or Ritalin, is it in your best interests to speak with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners. We have more than 70 years of combined experience fighting to protect the rights of the accused. In this time, we have developed a number of defensive strategies that may help minimize your penalties.
Because each case is different, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our firm to learn more about which options will work best for you. During this time, you can feel confident in our ability to navigate you through your case while keeping your best interests at heart each step of the way.
Schedule your consultation with Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners today.