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Federal Drug Crime Schedules

Wisconsin's drug laws mirror federal laws, but the penalties differ; some are less harsh and more flexible under the state's sentencing schemes than under the federal sentencing guidelines; others are more severe. A conviction of simple possession, for example may receive a sentence under state law of drug treatment rather than jail time, and probation may be available to first-time offenders for even the more serious crimes.

The most severe federal drug charges place tremendous legal restrictions and assess severe penalties for crimes involving Schedule I and II drugs as set forth by federal statutes.


Schedule I drugs are those with a high potential for abuse, with an absence of any medical use, that are dangerous to the user even under medical supervision. The more commonly recognized types of these drugs are: heroin, LSD, mescaline, marijuana, and peyote.


Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse and a high potential for severe psychological or physical dependency, but are currently accepted for medical use. Schedule II drugs include opium, cocaine, methadone, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.


Schedule III drugs, by comparison have less potential for abuse than Schedule II drugs, a potential for moderate psychological or physical dependency, and an accepted medical use. The most well known Schedule III drug is naline, which is used to detect narcotic use.


Schedule IV drugs have less potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs, they have a limited potential for dependency, and they are accepted in medical treatment. These drugs include tranquilizers, meprobamate, chloral hydrate, most drugs that cause sleep, and sedatives.


Schedule V drugs, which have a low potential for abuse, limited risk for dependency, and accepted medical uses, include drugs with small amounts of codeine or other narcotics in them.

Van Wagner & Wood Can Help

Chris Van Wagner, a former federal proseuctor has been practicing in criminal law since 1981. He has handled many cases involving federal drug charges and conspiracy, as well as Wisconsin drug charges. Likewise, Tracey Wood has handled numerous federal and state cases including challenges to drug conviction sentences in cases lost by other attorneys for which she has won unbelievable results.

If you are under investigation for a drug crime or drunk driving offense, if you have already been charged with a crime or drunk driving violation, or if you have already been convicted but believe your conviction or your sentence were wrong, please call or email ( ) the criminal defense lawyers at Van Wagner & Wood right away. They will give you a brief but professional first-impression analysis of your case and your situation, which will allow you to take an important first step in defending the case against you.