Monday, May 23, 2011

Utah Prescription Drugs

In recent years the illegal use of prescription drugs and increased all over the United States; Utah is no exception.  Due to the rise in the illegal use of prescription drugs Utah prosecutors often seek maximum penalties and vigorously prosecute these cases.

A possession of illegal drugs or forgery charge is also common when dealing with an illegal use of prescription drugs in Utah. For example, an individual is prescribed a medication from their doctor but they are not planning to return home anytime soon so they place a few pills in their pocket. The police search the individual and because they are not carrying the medication in the case with their prescription they get charged with an illegal possession of prescription drugs

Other individuals who are also commonly charged with illegal use of prescription drugs in Utah are people who will forge a doctor signature in order to get the drugs. If this is the case the individual will have to deal with a forgery charge in addition to the illegal drug charge.

If you have been charged with possession or illegal use of prescription drugs in Ogden, Salt Lake, or Provo Utah give the attorneys at Ipson Law Firm, PLLC a call. These are serious charges. The prosecution will treat illegal use of prescription drugs the same as if it were heroin, meth, or cocaine. I have defended individuals all over the Wasatch Front and I will fight for you. Call us at (801) 332-9655

Utah Drug Distribution Charges


In, Utah a charge of Illegal drug distribution is very serious and carries harsh penalties. Generally, if you are charged with drug distribution it is going to be a felony.

Even if the amount of drugs the officers found in you possession is small, you could be looking at jail time. For example, if you are found guilty of distributing a small amount of marijuana you could be charged with a third degree felony for the first conviction and a second degree felony for any successive conviction. As a result of the high penalties associated with drug distribution charges Utah prosecutors often employ a tactic where they will add a drug distribution charge every time there is a drug possession charge. By doing so they hope that you will simply plead guilt to the minor charge and the distribution charge will be dismissed.

Drug distribution charges in Utah can be elevated if you are in possession of a firearm or there is one within your immediate vicinity. If the prosecution is able to establish you were able to access a firearm quickly the court can add an additional 1-5 years onto your sentence.

Don’t allow the prosecution to play games with your life just to get the result they want. Call Michael B. Ipson at Ipson Law Firm PLLC. We have successfully defended many clients in Ogden, Salt Lake, and Provo who been charged with drug distribution and know all of the opposing side’s tricks. We know how to fight a drug distribution charge and win. Call us at (801) 332-9655.

Utah Cocaine, Heroin, Meth

Utah treats the use, distribution, and production of cocaine, heroin, and meth more seriously than they do other type of drug offenses. Prosecutors will seek jail time and the maximum sentence for these types of offenders and they are less likely to be willing to work out any type of deal, even if it is your first offense.

Because Utah has taken such a hard line when it comes to cocaine, herion, and meth you need the type of attorney who will fight back. If you have more than one offense you could be facing a first degree felony and a life sentence. With a cocaine, heroin, or meth charge you just can’t risk hiring any attorney. Michael B. Ipson at Ipson Law Firm, PLLC  knows what is at stake for you and your family. We understand what it is going to take to get the charges reduced or a complete acquittal. 

Don’t allow your cocaine, heroin, and meth charge interfere with your future. Call the Michael B. Ipson at Ipson Law Firm, PLLC. We have successfully defended many clients in Ogden, Layton, Salt Lake, Provo, and all over the State of Utah who been charged with cocaine, heroin, and meth and will fight hard for you. (801) 332-9655

Utah Drug Possession

Being charged with Drug Possession is a very serious offense in Utah. The courts will impose serious penalties including fines, probation, jail time, and suspension of your license. The range of charges can vary from a class B or C Misdemeanor to Felonies depending largely on the amount of drugs which was uncovered.

A major problem with drug laws in Utah is they are structured to stack on charges. For example, it is common for the prosecution to add on to a possession charge a charge of intent to distribute and a charge of paraphernalia drug paraphernalia whenever someone is charged with drug possession. This adds on to the amount of fines and potential jail time significantly. They have a very good reason for taking this approach. By adding additional charges they hope it will make a defendant want to try and strike a plea deal instead of facing large amounts of jail time.

Don’t let this happen to you. Michael B. Ipson at Ipson Law Firm, PLLC has a proven track record of getting possession and the later stacked on charges reduced or dismissed. We will work tirelessly for you to ensure every avenue in your case has been explored and get you the best outcome possible.

Utah Marijuana Possession

Many people move to Utah from States where medical marijuana licenses are frequently handed out for pain management and law enforcement will only arrest if they believe that a person is dealing. This is not the case in Utah. Utah has some of the strictest Marijuana Possession laws in the country. If you are found to have less than one ounce of marijuana you can be convicted of the Class B Misdemeanor. This means if you have any amount on you or in your car and the officer can get a positive test for marijuana then you can be charged with at Class B Misdemeanor. It does not matter if you have a medical marijuana license from another state. It does not matter if you are only passing through Utah. If the police can find any marijuana on you will be charged.


 Utah also will escalate a current charge based on a previous conviction. For example, if you have a class B misdemeanor for possessing 1 oz of marijuana and are arrested again for possession your charge will be a class A misdemeanor. If you are arrested for a third time you will be charged with a 3rd degree Felony. You can also be charged with a Felony for possessing large quantities of marijuana. If you caught with more than a pound of marijuana it is also a 3rd degree Felony. If you have more than 100 pounds it is a 2nd degree Felony. Having these types of convictions can have negative long term ramifications on your future employment options. Most employer’s now run background checks on their applicants and having felony or misdemeanor convictions could easily get you kicked out of the applicant pool.


Don’t allow your Marijuana Possession charge interfere with your future. Call Michael B. Ipson at Ipson Law Firm, PLLC. We have successfully defended many clients in Ogden, Layton, Salt Lake, Provo, and all over the State of Utah who been charged with Marijuana Possession and will fight hard for you. (801) 332-9655