Drug Charges | What Your Drug Crime Means for You
Drugs have been a part of our society and culture for decades. Beginning in the 60s and 70s during the “psychedelic” and “free love” eras, drugs were a recreational pastime that were commonly shared between young adults and teenagers.
Since that time drugs became more commonplace and widespread, and their dangers became a harsh reality. Drugs became linked to serious accidents, dangerous crimes, and even deaths. As a result, drugs were banned and were made illegal in almost every state in the country.
In fact, with the exceptions of murder and other violent crimes, drug-related crimes are probably the most serious, which means state and federal officials are taking these crimes very seriously.
Even though drugs are illegal, unfortunately this doesn’t stop people from using and abusing them every day. However, those who choose to be involved with illegal drugs in any way, shape or form, which means making, using, and selling and/ or distributing them will likely face harsh penalties and punishments by law, including jail time.
If you are caught with illegal drugs on your person, depending on the amount, you may likely face state and federal legal repercussions. Contacting a reputable drug crimes attorney may save you from a harsh punishment or sentence.
The federal government and each individual state have laws against the unlawful use, possession, distribution or manufacturing of illegal drugs. These laws are intended to reduce illegal drug use, drug-related crimes, and deaths.
There are five categories of drugs based on their level of dependency and abuse. For example, Schedule I and II drugs or controlled substances (such as heroin) which have the highest potential for dependency and abuse without serving any medical purpose. Schedule V drugs (such as OxyContin, Codeine or other prescription drugs) have a low dependency level but are often used for medical purposes.
The punishments and potential sentences for illegal drug possession, distribution or manufacturing of Schedule I are the highest. Therefore, anyone who faces a drug offense for possessing or selling Schedule I or Schedule II drugs can expect to face some pretty serious penalties including imprisonment.
The punishments for each drug-related crime and offense vary based on the following:
- The state in which you live
- The quantity of the drug
- The drug’s assigned classification
- The purpose or reason for possession
For example, the most serious drug crimes include the following:
- Manufacturing or making drugs (such as growing marijuana plants or housing meth labs)
- Selling, distributing or trafficking drugs (such as traveling into other states with the possession of drugs)
- Possessing illegal drugs in large quantities with the intent to sell or distribute
If you or a loved one were recently arrested for the possession, sale, distribution or trafficking of illegal drugs, then you likely face serious charges. Depending on the state in which you live, if you are found guilty for your specific illegal drug charge, then you likely face serious penalties, a lengthy prison sentence, probation and even a required rehabilitation program.
Being charged and sentenced for a drug crime can change your life. You might be expelled from school, fired from your job, and face damaged personal relationships with friends, family, and loved ones. Regardless of whether your pending drug charge is your first, second or third offense, if you currently face an illegal drug-related crime or charge, then you need legal representation immediately.
Contact the Law Offices of Ali J. Amirshahi in Richmond to schedule a complimentary consultation. Contacting a reputable drug crimes attorney may save you from a harsh punishment or sentence. Call us at 804-658-5384 or fill out our contact form and we will reach out to you.