It is believed that illicit drugs and the people who peddle them represent significant threats to the people of the United States. That’s why it’s such a serious concern if you’re accused of participating in a drug crime. Whether you’re just in possession of drugs or you’re accused of dealing, it’s important for you to realize that you could face serious repercussions.
Depending on the type of drug you have in your possession, you could face anything from a misdemeanor charge to a felony. You could face time in jail or spend your life in prison. The penalties vary significantly, so it’s important to talk to your attorney about what to expect in your case and how to mitigate the potential for heavy fines or significant prison sentencing.
Did you know that drug crimes are often charged at the federal level?
Drug crimes are often charged at the federal level, which means that you may be exposed to the risk of mandatory minimum sentencing if you’re convicted. For example, if you are caught trafficking 100-999 grams of heroin, a Schedule I drug, then you face a minimum of five years in prison but no more than 40. You could face 20 years or longer in prison if those drugs were trafficked and caused a death or serious injury.
That’s why it’s important to show that you had only enough of a drug for personal use or that you did not intend to traffic it, if possible. The difference between a possession charge and one for trafficking can be years in prison, so that’s something to discuss with your attorney as soon as you can.
What should you do if you’re being investigated for a drug crime?
If you are under investigation for alleged drug crimes, it’s in your best interests to begin working with your defense attorney to protect yourself. Your rights and freedoms could be impacted if you’re convicted, so it’s your attorney’s job to do what they can to minimize the risk of that happening. They may be able to have the charges dropped or minimized to help you fight for a fair outcome.