Offenders are being arrested for drug crimes every day. However, there is such a wide variety of drug crimes that the list cannot fully be covered under one or two specific laws. To understand what laws apply to your case, you must gain a better understanding of the crime you are being charged for. You should also be aware of the fact that there is a difference with being charged on a state level than on a federal level. For instance, if you are charged with a federal crime, you may see an increase in fines and longer prison sentences. If you have committed a drug-related crime, you are probably suffering the consequences. We are here for you to help you every step of the way in San Diego, California.
Types of Drug Crimes
Paraphernalia: Drug paraphernalia is any equipment that is used when using drugs, whether inhaling, injecting, smoking, or more. If you are using something to conceal your drugs and are caught, that is also considered paraphernalia. It is illegal to sell, import, or export drug paraphernalia as well. Some examples of these products are bongs, pipes, rolling papers, and syringes. Some people will attempt to pass a bong off as a “tobacco” product but, depending on where you bought the product and what you were actually using it for, you can be charged with the crime.
Possession: Under both federal and state drug laws, it is illegal to possess any illicit controlled substance. If you have been caught with any of these drugs, you could be charged with simple possession or possession with intent to distribute. It really depends on the amount that you had on you when you were charged.
Manufacturing/Delivery: Have you been involved in any step of the production process of an illegal drug? If you have delivered a drug, you can also be charged hefty fines and jail time for this illegal crime. Prosecutors, however, must be able to prove your intent to manufacture.
Trafficking: These harsh laws make it illegal to sell, transport, and import illegal drugs. Many people are caught trafficking large amounts of drugs, which leads to felony charges in many of these cases. You can receive very long prison sentences, such as three years minimum.
Dealing: This will typically refer to selling drugs on a smaller scale. Usually the penalties will be much less severe than that of trafficking.
Drug offenses will, of course, have varying levels of severity depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. However, you should know that if you are arrested of any of these crimes, you have options. If you are a first-time offender, for instance, your offense may be dismissed or lowered from a felony to a misdemeanor because the circumstances may call for it. In 2014, the law sided with many of these crimes in the way that sentences would be lessened for many types of drug possession. If you want to have your case dismissed, you may participate in treatment programs, diversion programs, or probationary periods.
If you have been arrested for a drug crime, you may need our help. Luckily, we are here for you and extend a helping hand in your time of need. Call us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair for more information on your case.