About Me

He loves practicing law in Rawlins. He works tirelessly to see that the Constitution and principles of freedom and justice are upheld for his clients. He has won total acquittals on three separate First Degree Felony Sexual Assault jury trials and has won numerous misdemeanor jury trials. Further, he set precedent in the Wyoming Supreme Court, securing father's right to be afforded representation upon their parental rights being terminated.

Mr. McCarthy has previously been involved with several youth sports organizations and serving as President of the Laramie Soccer Association. He is a past Board Member of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association and an active member of the Carbon County Bar Association.

Having grown up in Wyoming, Mr. McCarthy loves spending time outdoors. He is an avid fisher and hunter and enjoys skiing and hiking also.

If you’re facing drug charges in Wyoming, you have a right to qualified representation no matter how severe the offense. Whether you were traveling on I-80 with marijuana you legally purchased, or charged with possession of a narcotic, you deserve competent representation.

David McCarthy, PC handles a wide range of drug-related cases, including drug possession and drug trafficking offenses involving—marijuana, methamphetamine, powder cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and oxycodone—as well as other controlled substances. 

Wyoming’s Drug Classification

Wyoming has classified controlled substances into five schedules, based on the addictiveness of the drug and whether the drug has an accepted medical use. Drug classification schedules are as follows:

Schedule I

Substances with no accepted medical use, that are unsafe, and hold a high potential for abuse. Examples include heroin, LSD, marijuana, peyote, and ecstasy.

Schedule II

Narcotics and stimulants that have a high potential for abuse and cause severe psychological or physical dependence. Examples include Dilaudid, methadone, Demerol, OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, opium, codeine, amphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall), and methamphetamine

Schedule III

Drugs with less potential for abuse but that can still lead to moderate or low physical dependence and high psychological dependence. They include Vicodin, Tylenol/Codeine, Suboxone, ketamine, and anabolic steroids.

Schedule IV

Drugs with a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs such as Xanax, Soma, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, Versed, Restoril, and Halcion.

Schedule V

Drugs that contain limited quantities of narcotics, such as cough syrups that contain codeine.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Carbon County, Wyoming

Penalties for the possession of a controlled substance (which includes purchasing marijuana in a state where it is legal) are based on the type of drug possessed and the quantity possessed.

Possessing small amounts of drugs listed in Schedule I, II, III and IV carry the penalty of a fine up to $1,000.00 dollars, up to one year in jail, or both. The amount of controlled substance is determined by its form:

·         3 ounces or less of a controlled substance in plant form (marijuana).

·         3/10 of a gram or less of a controlled substance in liquid form (LSD)

·         3 grams or less of a controlled substance in power or crystalline form (cocaine, methamphetamine)

·         3 grams or less of a controlled substance in pill or capsule form (Xanax, Klonopin)

Possession of more than the above amounts of methamphetamine are punishable by up to seven years in jail, a fine of up to $15,000.00 dollars or both.

Possession of any other substance listed in schedule I, II, or III in amounts greater than those listed above is punishable by up to ten years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000.00 dollars or both.

Drug possession with intent to manufacture or deliver is punished even more severely.

·         Possession of a schedule I or II substance or a narcotic is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000, or both

·         Possession of other schedule I, II, or III substances is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both

·         Possession of a schedule IV substance is punishable by up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $2,500, or both

·         Possession of a schedule V substance is punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both   

Your Options

David McCarthy has 15 years experience defending clients in Carbon County, Wyoming. His knowledge of Wyoming Criminal law, as well as the local knowledge of Rawlins courts makes him uniquely qualified to defend your case.

He can challenge the constitutional validity of the traffic stop on your case, or determine if a warrant was properly issued. He won an acquittal in trial for a client who had her husband’s marijuana in her purse. Further, he achieved first offender status for clients with pounds of drugs, avoiding criminal convictions on their records.


Get the Drug Defense Lawyer You Deserve

Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Wyoming drug laws are complicated, but we can help. Knowing who to call, when to call them, and what not to say to law enforcement is the first step in building your defense.

What you don’t know about Wyoming’s drug laws can hurt you. When you need a Rawlins criminal defense lawyer, you need Wolf Law.


Compassionate Rawlins Drug Defense Lawyer



While other drug defense attorneys in Rawlins may approach drug charges with a hatchet, we prefer a scalpel; this ensures every client gets the help they need, the representation they deserve, and a fair trial. Mr McCarthy will assess your constitutional rights.

We take every step to ensure relevant details are made clear to the judge, the prosecutor, and the jury. The social, economic, and cultural complexities of a Rawlins drug case should not be ignored.