If you are arrested for a drug crime, the penalties you face will depend on whether you are prosecuted at the federal or state level. Drug crimes prosecuted at the federal level generally carry harsher penalties than those prosecuted at the state level. Either way, being convicted of a drug crime can have serious consequences that will heavily impact your life, freedom, and reputation. Below, we discuss different types of drug crimes.
Drug possession penalties vary depending on the type and amount of drugs you are accused of possessing. If you have a small amount of drugs on you, you might be charged with simple possession. However, if police arrest you and discover a large quantity of drugs, you can face charges for drug distribution.
Drug dealing charges are usually applied to a suspect accused of selling a small amount of illegal drugs. Most of these crimes involve one person selling drugs to another person. Whether you are charged with drug dealing or drug trafficking will depend on the amount of drugs in your possession.
Drug trafficking crimes involve the illegal transportation and transaction of imported controlled substances. If you are accused of drug trafficking, you face severe penalties, including the possibility of imprisonment for 3 years to life.
It is illegal to manufacture or produce an illegal substance. To charge you with drug manufacturing, prosecutors must prove that you actually intended to manufacture and possess illegal drugs.
The following are examples of drug paraphernalia that people use to prepare, inject, inhale, or conceal illegal drugs:
- Roach Clips
- Rolling Papers
- Small Spoons
- Tin Foil
Police can arrest you if you are found in possession of any paraphernalia that they believe you intended to use for illegal drugs.
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At Gower Law PLC, we are committed to helping clients throughout Bay City defend their rights. If you have been accused of a drug crime, you should immediately consult with our legal team to discuss how we can assist with your case. We are here to guide you through the legal process and make sure your interests are fully protected. Let us get work for you today.
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