Drug Charges Vary. So Do The Penalties.

Controlled substance charges vary based on many different factors. A seemingly innocuous detail can be the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony conviction. When this much is at stake, you need to make sure you are prepared for every question, development and allegation.

What Factors Determine Your Charges?


Every state has different drug laws, however, certain factors will determine your charges. They include but are not limited to the following:

  • Where did the crime occur? Those facing drug offenses in Iowa will likely face state charges, but if the alleged crime crossed state borders or is serious enough, you may face federal allegations.
  • What are the relevant drugs? The law categorizes drugs into several “scheduled classes” which determines the severity of the crime. Schedule I classes are the most restrictive.
  • What was the intended action? It is illegal to partake in trafficking, possession and manufacturing of drugs, however, the law treats each of these crimes differently.

Many other elements of your case will change the allegations and the punishments.

Guidance From A Skilled Iowa Criminal Defense Lawyer


I am criminal defense attorney Michael Culp at Culp Law Office, P.L.C. For 37 years, I have defended against a wide range of both felony and misdemeanor drugs charges for individuals all across central Iowa.

I know the law and your constitutional rights. I know what police can and cannot do. When they cross the line, I will fight to protect your rights and get your charges dismissed.

Don’t Wait To Call. The Prosecution Is Building Your Case Already.


Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is not an easy decision. I know this. But waiting too long gives the prosecution an advantage. Reach out to me today to talk about your situation. I offer free consults. We can discuss your charges and possible defense strategies.

Call 515-288-3333 or, if you have a question, send me an email.

I over flexible appointments including evenings and weekends.