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Penalties for Drug Possession

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Drug Charges, Drug Possession | 0 comments

The penalties for drug possession in the United States vary from state to state. Though the states all have separate laws in place, all of them take drug offenses seriously. Someone facing drug possession charges may face very lengthy jail time and extreme monetary fines. Depending on the type of drug and in which state the offense occurred, someone being penalized for charges of possession can have varying verdicts. The sentences can range from a fine of less than $100 and/or a few days in jail to many years in a state prison for the same offense.

The “possession” of a controlled substance occurs when a person owns or simply possesses a drug or illegal substance. These charges usually are applied when someone is caught with marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, or other illegal narcotics.

drug crimeAccording to the website of James Powderly, someone possessing cocaine in Cape Cod faces imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of up to $1,000, and revocation of their Driver’s License. That’s just on the first offense. The second time someone is caught in possession, the penalties are the same as the first, but doubled: Up to two years in state prison, a fine of up to $2,000, and again, revocation of their Driver’s License.

In Texas, drugs are put into categories know as “penalty groups” depending on their potential for addiction and abuse. Cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine are in penalty group 1, the most severe. The penalties are then further classified based on of the amount of the drug found in one’s possession, according to the website of Ian Inglis.

Being charged with a drug crime is very serious. If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact a criminal defense lawyer today to discuss your situation. An attorney will be able to guide you through your case to make sure your rights are protected.

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