CDS Drug – 5 Fatally Powerful Drug Types

CDS Drug

CDS stands for Controlled Dangerous Substance. It is illegal to be in possession of CDS drugs. There is a federal law that regulates the United States’ drug policy. This law is the Controlled Substances Act. (CSA)

The CSA has an outline for how to regulate each drug. They then organize these drugs into 5 categories. It refers to the categories as “schedules”.

Remember this: the first, is the worst. Do you see how it rhymes? The first schedule includes drugs like heroin, meth, and LSD. We do not consider them to have any medical value.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has also identified these drugs as harmful because of their high addiction rate. The DEA publishes a complete list of CDS drugs. They are constantly updating this list.

NJ CDS Drug Schedule

SCHEDULE NAME OF DRUG HOW ADDICTIVE?
I Heroin, Meth, LSD Highest Addiction Rate
II Cocaine, Oxycodone High Addiction Rate
III Ketamine, Anabolic Steroids Potential for Abuse
IV Diazepam, Midazolam Lower than I, II, III
V Codeine, Motofen Lowest Potential

How Does a Drug Become CDS?

Under the CSA, certain factors are considered in determining the “dangerousness” of a particular drug. Once, the drug is analyzed and determined to be harmful, it gets a “CDS drug” classification.

These are the factors listed under federal law:

  1. Its actual or relative potential for abuse.
  2. Scientific evidence of its pharmacological effect, if known.
  3. The state of current scientific knowledge regarding the drug or other substance.  
  4. Its history and current pattern of abuse. The scope, duration, and significance of abuse.
  5. What, if any, risk there is to the public health.
  6. Its psychic or physiological dependence liability.
  7. Whether the substance is an immediate precursor of a substance already controlled under this subchapter.

Federal CDS Drug Schedule

Federal CDS Schedule

CDS Drug Possession Penalties

First off, it is important to know the amount (weight) of drugs that you were in possession of.
The greater the “weight” or amount of drugs found in your possession, the more serious the consequences.
If you were charged with small amounts of drugs (for personal use), your matter will be most likely be treated as a misdemeanor.
An example of a small amount would be less than 50 grams of marijuana.
The maximum penalties for misdemeanor drug charges are up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000.00 fine.
All other drug possession charges are treated as felony matters.
You will be facing either 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th-degree felony charges.

Can I Get Probation for CDS charges?

Again, everything depends on the amount of drugs in your possession and the type of charges.

For example, if the police caught you with a blunt and arrested you for simple CDS possession, then you could probably get into the conditional discharge program.

However, if the police arrest you for 3-rd degree felony “weight”, then we would need to do everything to get you into PTI.

If you’ve been arrested for and type of CDS drug charges, we are here to help you.

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A person extorts if he purposely threatens to:

a. Inflict bodily injury on or physically confine or restrain anyone or commit any other criminal offense;
b. Accuse anyone of an offense or cause charges of an offense to be instituted against any person;
c. Expose or publicize any secret or any asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or to impair his credit or business repute;
d. Take or withhold action as an official, or cause an official to take or withhold action;
e. Bring about or continue a strike, boycott or other collective action, if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act;
f. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense; or
g. Inflict any other harm which would not substantially benefit the actor but which is calculated to materially harm another person.

***It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraphs b, c, d or f that the property obtained was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstances or as lawful compensation for property or services.

Reasonable Articulable Suspicion

Reasonable suspicion is a “search” standard that applies in criminal law.

When a police officer conducts a warrantless search, and does not have probable cause to justify the search, the courts look to see if the police had
a “reasonable & articulable suspicion” for the search.

A mere “hunch” is not enough.

In other words, a police officer has to provide an acceptable explanation for the search.

United States Constitution

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

NJSA - 2C:43-7.2.
Eligibility for parole;
persons convicted of certain violent crimes

a. A court imposing a sentence of incarceration for a crime of the first or second degree enumerated in subsection d. of this section shall fix a minimum term of 85% of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall not be eligible for parole.


b. The minimum term required by subsection a. of this section shall be fixed as a part of every sentence of incarceration imposed upon every conviction of a crime enumerated in subsection d. of this section, whether the sentence of incarceration is determined pursuant to N.J.S.2C:43-6, N.J.S.2C:43-7, N.J.S.2C:11-3 or any other provision of law, and shall be calculated based upon the sentence of incarceration actually imposed. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not be construed or applied to reduce the time that must be served before eligibility for parole by an inmate sentenced to a mandatory minimum period of incarceration. Solely for the purpose of calculating the minimum term of parole ineligibility pursuant to subsection a. of this section, a sentence of life imprisonment shall be deemed to be 75 years.


c. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and in addition to any other sentence imposed, a court imposing a minimum period of parole ineligibility of 85 percent of the sentence pursuant to this section shall also impose a five-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the first degree, or a three-year term of parole supervision if the defendant is being sentenced for a crime of the second degree. The term of parole supervision shall commence upon the completion of the sentence of incarceration imposed by the court pursuant to subsection a. of this section unless the defendant is serving a sentence of incarceration for another crime at the time he completes the sentence of incarceration imposed pursuant to subsection a., in which case the term of parole supervision shall commence immediately upon the defendant’s release from incarceration. During the term of parole supervision the defendant shall remain in release status in the community in the legal custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections and shall be supervised by the State Parole Board as if on parole and shall be subject to the provisions and conditions

Felony Degree

Prison & Fines

Examples

First-Degree

1st-degree felony charges in NJ are reserved for the most serious criminal offenses. Prison terms start at a minimum of 10 years in prison.

Second-Degree

2nd-degree felony charges carry 5-10 yrs in prison.
These charges can often be “downgraded” to 3rd or 4th-degree crimes.

Third-Degree

3rd-degree felony charges carry 3-5 years.
You have a good shot at PTI if you are charged with a 3rd-degree.

Fourth-Degree

4th-degree felony charges carry up to 18 months in jail. These cases can get “remanded” to a lower court. In this way, you will be out of “felony” danger.