Drug Possession Laws

The United States arrested, charges, prosecutes, convicts, and imprisons more people for possession of controlled substances than any other nation. While we consider the war on drugs a disaster and a failure as national policy, those abstract ideas aren’t as important as how they affect you personally if you have been accused of a drug crime.

We fully support decriminalization, sentencing reform, legalization of marijuana, and an end to the senseless and immensely destructive war on drugs.

But if you are facing a drug charge, your political ideas have to take a backseat to protecting your freedom and your future. We offer you the opportunity to learn some general facts about the laws and penalties in your state, and also a contact to speak with a local criminal defense lawyer who can help you if you are currently facing these kinds of serious charges.

Whatever happened to you, if are being treated unfairly by the system, you need and deserve the opportunity to fight back and protect your rights. Or if you made a mistake, or have a substance abuse problem, you deserve help, and not to be treated like a criminal.

How Do I Find Out What I am Facing With a Drug Charge?

It isn’t easy. Even reading the law only gets you a very broad sense of what could happen to you in theory. But in practice, different courts can handle penalties very differently. Even within states, some courts are extremely strict, and some have drug courts, that, while still tough, can give people an opportunity to get out from under a criminal charge if that can complete treatment programs.

Across different states, drug possession laws can differ wildly, and it is very difficult for someone without legal experience to predict how a drug possession charge might play out in court. Some of the many factors can include:

Drug substance classifications: Many states follow federal drug schedules for classifications, although not always precisely.

Penalties: Potential penalties and charges can vary by type and amount of drugs involved. Even simple possession of so called harder drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, or methamphetamine can be a felony drug charge.

Laws: What circumstances make a charge a simple drug possession vs. a drug possession with intent to distribute or sell can vary. It can be based on quantity, packaging, or other elements that may constitute intent as the law is written.

Decriminalization: Some states have decriminalization for small amounts of marijuana, as well as medical marijuana laws that differ in strictness as to what constitutes legitimate medical use. But even states with marijuana decriminalization can charge you with felony drug distribution, often on relatively flimsy grounds.

And so much more. Any drug charge can be extremely serious and affect your life in a huge number of ways. A drug conviction that shows up on a background check can stop you from getting a job or anĀ apartment.

Many states have a mandatory driver’s license suspension, even if the drug offense had nothing to do with driving.

Consulting with an experienced local defense attorney to protect your rights in court can be critical.

Call today to speak with an attorney in your state who can help guide you and defend your rights in court. Don’t plead guilty without a consultation to find all your legal options.

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