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Utah Criminal Defense Attorney - Methadone PossessionMethadone is an opioid pain reliever classified as a Schedule II controlled substance under Utah law. Its uses include pain relief and pain management, treatment of withdrawal symptoms as part of a drug detoxification program, as well as "methadone maintenance" for long-term heroin addicts. While methadone as a medication can be lawfully prescribed by a treating physician, possession of methadone without a prescription in Utah is a felony crime. Possession of methadone begins at the third-degree felony level, but can be enhanced as high as the first-degree felony level depending on the circumstances of the case. If you are facing criminal charges in Utah, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney can help give you the best chance of success in your case. Stephen Howard has successfully defended Utah drug cases ranging from first-degree felony drug distribution to simple possession cases. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Possession of methadone without a prescription in Utah begins at the third-degree felony level, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 plus a 90% surcharge. Enhancements for methadone possession can include proximity to a drug-free zone, prior convictions, or possession with the intent to distribute. Enhancements can increase the level of the charge to the second-degree felony level (1-15 years prison) or first-degree felony level (5 years to life).