In the world of drug crime, there are many variables that can determine the severity of your crime: Type of drug, and amount in your possession. While there are many different charges that you could potentially face, there are some that attorneys encounter more frequently than others, and in this article you’ll find out more about them.
Cultivation and Manufacturing
If you’re found growing or creating any quantity or type of drug, you’re going to be arrested for cultivation and/or manufacturing. Not only are you in possession of a drug, but you’re showing intent to either use or distribute drugs, which many states consider to be in violation of their zero-tolerance policies towards drugs. An experienced attorney will be able to provide you quality defense, but it’s important to know what your details are, because it will determine the severity of charges against you.
Distribution and Trafficking
Perhaps you weren’t found growing, but you are in possession of mass quantities of the drug in question. Of the charges in this article, this has the largest potential to be the most severe, because of the intent behind it. While growing and being in possession of are punishable offenses, this crime is showing your intent to spread the drugs to those who don’t currently have it. Any attorney who consults with you will work fiercely to use all details that you provide and defend you. Whether distributing or trafficking, you still have an opportunity to have your charges reduced.
The one unifying theme throughout the previous charges is possession. Having any amount of drug in excess of the legal limit can result in your arrest, but depending on how much you have and what type of drug it is you may be facing up to thirty years behind bars. So while possession may seem like a very small offense, it has serious implications.
Having a quality defense attorney at your side throughout your case can mean the difference between a life tarnished by drug crime or an acquittal. After your arrest, time is of the essence, so do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. The longer you wait, the more opportunity the prosecution has to build their case against you.