Mississippi takes a hardline approach to illegal drugs. If you possess even a small amount of an illicit drug for your personal use, you can still face serious felony drug charges. The potential consequences depend on how the drug is classified under the law.

Drug schedules in Mississippi

Like many states, Mississippi classifies both legal and illegal controlled substances into one of five schedules. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous and carry the stiffest penalties. Heroin and marijuana are schedule I drugs. Schedule V drugs are treated less seriously. Many prescription medications are level V drugs.

A case example

We can use cocaine as an example of how quickly drug charges can become serious. Cocaine is a level II drug. If you possess less than .1 gram of cocaine, you will face a misdemeanor charge. Charges get increasingly severe from there.

If you possess up to two grams of cocaine, you could face felony charges. This charge is punishable by up to three years in prison and a $50,000 fine. If you possess up to 10 grams, the potential punishment carries a prison term of up to eight years and a $250,000 fine. Possible penalties continue to rise from there. Drug trafficking charges are often the result of cases involving 30 grams or more.

Treat drug charges as seriously as the state

Mississippi has zero-tolerance for drugs. If you find yourself charged with any type of drug crime, you need to consider a serious defense. A skilled professional can let you know what options are available.