Drug crimes are exactly what they sound like — crimes that are related to drugs. All fifty states and the federal government have laws that address the charge of certain drugs. Each crime has certain standards and carries different penalties, especially when it comes to the severity of the crime committed.
They can also include offenses like drug trafficking, which is largely dependent on the amount of drugs involved, as well as the type of drug involved.
The legality of most drugs is determined by how it’s being used and what it is being used for. For example, marijuana is currently illegal in many states, while some states allow it for recreational use and others allow it only with a medical prescription. Prescription drugs are considered legal for those who have a valid prescription. However, if you possess or use a prescription drug without a prescription from a doctor, you may be charged with a drug crime.
Marijuana is actually the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, even in states that prohibit its possession and use. Recently, large changes have taken place in. At the time of this writing, eleven states recognize marijuana as legal for both recreational and medical use, while more recognize it only for medical use with a valid prescription.
Other commonly abused drugs that may bring about criminal charges include substances like:
Generally, a controlled substance is a drug that is regulated by the government. Usually, these substances can have a detrimental effect on a person’s health and welfare, and are strictly controlled by government regulation. The Controlled Substances Act divides up different classes of drugs into five schedules based on medicinal value, potential for abuse, and safety to the public and likelihood for dependency. Controlled substances include both legal and illegal drugs.
In both federal and state systems, most of the cases of drug crimes come from charges of drug possession, manufacturing, or trafficking. Punishments for federal offenses are typically more severe than those for state charges. At the same time, each state has its own rules about drug crimes and how they are punished.
Generally, punishments are based on:
Punishments for drug crimes can vary from state to state, but generally the consequences can involve:
If the drug crime results in a felony conviction, it can have a detrimental effect on a person’s immigration status if they are not a U.S. citizen. For example, a conviction of a drug crime can make them subject to immediate removal from the country. A history of similar drug convictions can even make them ineligible for entry into the United States and ineligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is in your best interests to consult a local criminal defense Attorney. The penalties can become severe depending on the nature of the crime charged, and a lawyer can give you the best advice on what to expect. Your lawyer can explain the penalties you’re facing, help you protect your rights, and represent you in court in order to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.
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