Cocaine possession charges and their consequences vary widely. While everyone understands the concept of "possession," when it comes to legal terms, it can take on different meanings. Let's explore them and unpack your defense options, if you stand accused of this crime.
If officials have accused you of a sex crime, you may face serious consequences. Whether you know you did something wrong (but you don't understand the extent or scope of your trouble), or you believe an investigation unfairly or wrongly targeted you, you're concerned, scared and confused about your next steps. In addition to facing possible jail time and fines, you will need to register as a sex offender, which may affect where you live and work. Choose an attorney experienced in sex crime defense - someone who will understand the nuances of the laws and how to construct appropriate, ethical and strategic defenses to charges like yours.
Drug trafficking charges span a wide spectrum. In fact, prosecutors can pursue charges at the federal or state level. Generally, federal convictions will result in harsher sentences, while state convictions will not be as severe. Either way, a drug crime is a serious charge, and it will have a detrimental effect on your record and future.
What Are Drug Crimes?
It is illegal to possess, distribute, or traffic illegal substances. These include drugs like marijuana, methamphetamines, LSD, cocaine, and heroin. They can also include legal prescription drugs. Drug crime levels range from minor to severe and include:
- Simple possession: possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. This is usually a misdemeanor.
- Dealing: selling illegal drugs or carrying a large amount of drugs with the intent to sell.
- Drug trafficking: making, distributing, or possessing drugs with intent to sell. This is usually different from dealing because it involves higher quantities, and it may implicate more than one person.
- Manufacturing: making illegal drugs with the intent to sell. This act usually involves a large amount of drugs.
- Drug conspiracy: attempting or promoting the sale, manufacture, or importation of drugs.
A drug trafficking charge will often have a variety of other charges attached to it, and sentencing will depend on the type and amount of drugs involved. For example, if officers caught you with fewer than 50 grams of marijuana, you could face up to five years in prison. If officers seized methamphetamine in excess of 50 grams, you may get 10 years to life in prison.
Why do federal prosecutors charge defendants with criminal conspiracy? What can you do if you or a loved one faces severe penalties and jail time for allegedly being part of a conspiracy?