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"Controlled substances" is a term often used in the state of New Hampshire to describe things such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and other substances that we are legally allowed to possess under strict laws and guidelines. When there is no medical use for a substance, it is classified as a "Schedule I" drug, and any type of possession can be considered illegal. Some substances have some medical use, and their possession and use is generally limited to a pre-defined situation. This usually requires a prescription.
If caught in violation of New Hampshire's controlled substances laws, you may be subject to a drug charge. Whether it is ruled a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the type and amount of substance involved. Sometimes, you may face both state and federal criminal charges, which is why it is so important to contact an experienced narcotics and criminal defense lawyer if you are facing drug charges. Attorney John E. Durkin can help you build a strong defense.