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Adderall Possession

Adderall Defense Attorneys
Grand Rapids, Michigan

There’s a rising tide of drug addiction in the state of Michigan with regards to prescription drugs addiction and abuse.  Adderall is one of these drugs that is being abused on a regular basis. Because of this, many people are being charged with possession of Adderall.  People love using this drug because it gives them an energy buzz, helps them think clearly and the high it gives someone using it illegally.

The penalties a person can face for illegally using or for possession of Adderall include:

  • Loss of your professional license if you work as a pharmacist, pharmacy assistant, doctor, nurse, lawyer, or teacher
  • Loss of your driver’s license
  • A permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get or keep a job
  • Effects on your immigration status if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, including loss of your visa or green card, denial of citizenship, or deportation
  • Loss of eligibility for federal financial aid for college

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About Adderall

Amphetamine is a type of alkaloid. Amphetamines are a class of drugs that raise energy, dopamine levels, mood, energy and suppress appetite.  Adderall is also used to enhance physical and mental performance. Possession of Adderall is also used to help someone improve their attention span. Repeated use of these kinds of drugs can cause delusions, paranoia and even psychosis. It can also cause insomnia and heart palpitations.

Physicians recently have been prescribing certain amphetamines, such as Ritalin and Adderall, on a regular basis to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”). However, many students swear by addy (short of Adderall) because it helps them sharpen their cognitive skills and keeps them from getting fatigued. Many people take these drugs for “off-label” purposes, ingesting them as study aids, stimulants, and mood enhancers. Adderall is classified as Schedule II drug. The black market demand for Adderall is high, but many people have the drug prescribed to them legally.

Many prescription drugs are in schedules 2 through 5. Because of this, many people who are in possession of Adderall and caught by the police are now facing felony charges. The maximum penalty someone will get for this kind of offense is up to two years in prison under Michigan law and a $2,000 fine or both. A person is also going to be facing a suspension of their driving privileges if they get convicted for possession of Adderall.

Being charged with possession of Adderall is a non-violent crime and considered less serious than other drug charges in Michigan. If a defendant gets convicted at trial of possession of Adderall or pleas guilty to the charge, there are numerous options your lawyer can work on getting for you instead of going to jail. These sentencing alternatives are created to give a convicted person a chance to show the court they can be rehabilitated rather than punished by jail or prison. The court system knows that many times people who use drugs are addicts and are making choices that are not rational or that they can not control.

Adderall is classified as Schedule II drug

Possession Sentencing Options In Michigan

  • Drug Court — You may be able to get into a local drug court. If you are admitted into your local drug court, you will be given a chance to complete an inpatient or outpatient drug abuse treatment program. The Court will also give you other conditions that you must strictly follow instead of going to jail or prison.
  • Probation — You may be sentenced to probation for up to 2 years for this felony charge in any West Michigan courtroom.  A defendant may still face jail time while on probation. This is also true if you meet all the conditions of your probation. However, it is less likely that a person will face incarceration if they are given probation.
  • Delayed Sentence — If your defense attorney can prove to a judge that you will not engage in this type of criminal behavior again, the court may delay your sentencing for 1 year. During this one year time period, you will likely avoid jail and prison time if you meet the conditions laid out by the court.  You may also avoid incarceration if you show the court you have turned your life around since you were arrested for on your drug charge. Unlike deferred sentencing, a delayed sentence shows up in public record searches.
  • Deferred Sentencing — If you’ve never had a prior drug conviction, you may be able to have your sentence deferred. If you get a deferred sentence, this charge will not show up on your public record. Of course, in order for you to be granted a deferred sentence for possession of Adderall, you need to follow and complete all the terms laid out to you by the court while you are under their supervision. A deferred sentence is something you will only likely get once in your lifetime.

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