Many amphetamines, such as Ritalin and Adderall, are prescribed by doctors to treat attention deficit disorders. These have become even more popular, however, on the black market for illegal use as study aids, athletic performance enhancers, and brain boosters. The booming trade in illegally obtained amphetamines has led more people to be tempted to sell the drugs. It may not seem like a big deal, but it’s actually a serious crime, especially on a large scale—distribution of amphetamines.
Just because amphetamines may be legal with a prescription does not make distributing them without a proper license legal. In fact, amphetamine distribution is a type of drug trafficking charge that can have serious long-term consequences. Even if you were only selling your own legally prescribed pills on a small scale, you can face distribution charges for selling them to others illegally.
Distribution of Amphetamines and the Controlled Substances Act
The Controlled Substances Act regulates the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of substances deemed risky or illegal by the government. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 812.), amphetamines are a Schedule II controlled substance. This defines amphetamines as a drug with an accepted medical use but also a high potential for abuse and significant risk of addiction.
Because of this, selling amphetamines is prosecuted harshly under both federal law and Ohio statute. The Controlled Substances Act means that you can be charged at both the federal and state level—and that if convicted you face quite serious sentences.
Consequences of Amphetamine Distribution
In fact, amphetamine distribution is a felony under both Ohio and federal law. If you are charged in Ohio, you can face anywhere between six months to ten years in state prison, depending on how much amphetamine you were accused of distributing. You additionally face a fine of anywhere between $2,500 and $20,000.
If you are charged at the federal level, you face even harsher punishment. Under federal sentencing guidelines, if you are convicted of distributing amphetamines, you can face between five and 20 years in prison. In addition you can owe a fine of anywhere between $250,000 and $5 million. Generally, you will only face federal charges if you are involved in a large amphetamine trafficking operation, but even if your involvement is minimal or a federal agent simply was at all involved in the case, the threat of federal drug charges remains.
In additional to the jail time and fines you will face if convicted, there are long-term collateral consequences of a felony conviction that you must be prepared for as well. A drug conviction in Ohio will lead to the immediate revocation of your driver’s license. In addition, a criminal record for drug charges can make finding employment and housing a challenge for years after paying your time. Even worse, you can lose all federal benefits.
Facing Charges? Call a Cincinnati Amphetamine Possession Lawyer Today.
At Luftman, Heck, and Associates, our Cincinnati drug lawyers have years of experience fighting these kinds of charges, and we are prepared to do everything we can to represent your best interests. With our team headed by Brad Groene on your side, you will have the best chance to fight the charges successfully. We are available for our clients 24/7, so call our offices right now at to set up a free consultation on your case.