3 Types Of Drug Charges
and How to Seek Legal Help
We don't like to think about legal issues, especially those that have to do with drug charges. But the reality is that it's something we may need to be concerned about — for a wide variety of reasons.
For one thing, the United States is currently undergoing an opioid crisis. People who previously never displayed an interest in illegal drugs are being drawn to them due to the fact that opioids have been legally prescribed as pain medications. After becoming addicted to legal medications and left without their prescriptions, patients are drawn to medicate through illegal drugs.
Another issue that you should consider is the fact that the laws surrounding drugs are becoming more confusing. Marijuana may be fully legalized for recreational and medical use in some states. But in others, it may be legal only for medical use, may not be legalized but decriminalized, or legal to possess only in certain quantities. This can make drug possession and even legal use all the more complex. And with 20,000 people being arrested for cannabis possession every year in Ohio alone, it's important that everyone knows what they're dealing with on a legal level. With that in mind, let's explore the different types of drug charges.
1. Drug Possession Charges
Drug possession charges are perhaps some of the most common drug charges. It's important to seek legal advice as soon as you have been charged with possession, as there are several different classes to consider. What's more, the severity of the penalties involved can depend on your location.
Just because you're facing drug possession charges (or any other drug charges, for that matter), this doesn't mean that you are left without options. You still have the ability to work with a criminal defense attorney in order to counter these charges. As previously mentioned, different states can have confusing laws -- but your ignorance of the law is no excuse in court. Further, your confusion just illustrates how much you could benefit from having help from a lawyer.
2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
What exactly is drug paraphernalia? It's essentially anything used to cultivate, process, manufacture, package, test, store, or use drugs. You could potentially face this charge for having something in your possession that you personally don't use for drug consumption. For example, some people like to collect pipes that are often associated with marijuana use. However, these individuals might like these pipes for their artistic appearance alone.
Although this can be a difficult charge to prosecute, it certainly is possible for you to end up in serious trouble as a result. The last thing you want is to end up paying a fine or even serving jail time due to a misunderstanding. This is why it's crucial for you to be honest with your attorney. There is no point in attempting to hide the facts from your lawyer. They're not there to judge you but to advocate for you and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
3. Possession with the Intent
to Sell, Manufacture, or Deliver
These are essentially drug trafficking charges and can be some of the most serious drug-related charges you might face. These types of charges can vary depending on the type or amount of drugs involved. The class of drug and how much of it is in your possession, as well as your location, will have a significant impact on these charges.
There is so much for you to consider if you are charged with a drug-related crime. While it may be tempting to immediately take whatever deal you are offered, wait. Take a deep breath. You have options available.
Do not attempt to handle your drug charges on your own. It's important for you to work with an attorney that has experience and knowledge regarding your specific charges. Don't leave your future up to chance. Make sure that you work with a professional as soon as possible if this type of incident occurs.