How to Handle Drug Charges
With all the recent changes in drug policy the United States has seen in recent years, it can be tricky to know what’s legal and what’s still illegal. If you get caught with a drug that has yet to be legalized, you can wind up in hot water. There are a lot of factors that come into play when deciding the severity of your punishment, such as:
Type and amount of drug
Certain drugs carry heavier charges than others. For example, getting caught with a gram of marijuana is likely to carry as heavy of a charge as a gram of heroin or cocaine. Knowing this, you can be sure to take the proper steps to be caught with the wrong drug.
On top of this, the amount of the drug can tip the scales in a different direction. A small amount of marijuana might not result in as much as a high volume. In fact, past a certain weight, the charges may even change from “possession” to “possession with intent to distribute.” The latter will result in longer incarceration or a steeper fine, depending on the situation.
Paraphernalia can also fit into this category; drugs aren’t the only thing that can get you in trouble when you’re caught in possession. It’s risky to carry around large amounts of paraphernalia as this can also result in legal recourse.
Getting caught in your parents’ basement is completely different from getting caught on a public playground. Certain areas are “drug-free zones,” meaning the punishment for getting caught with drugs in these areas results in a more severe punishment than other areas.
Areas that are commonly considered drug-free zones are schools, arcades, youth centers, or playgrounds. Even when school is out for winter or summer break, it is still classified as a drug-free zone. A good rule of thumb is to consider whether or not these areas are aimed at children. If they are, try to avoid carrying drugs or related paraphernalia around these areas whenever possible. It’s not worth being caught and arrested.
What to Do If You’re In Trouble for Drug-Related Charges
If you end up being arrested for drug-related charges, the best thing to do is to get in contact with a lawyer well-versed in the laws surrounding drug use, such as the ones at Lassiter Criminal Defense. A sub-par lawyer won’t be able to reduce your charges, but a skilled lawyer will know the ins and outs around this type of situation. After all, you’re going to want the best of the best on your side.
Getting arrested for drug possession isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Having said that, this doesn’t mean you should not fight for a fair settlement. The laws regarding drugs are changing every single day, especially the laws for marijuana. If you end up getting in legal trouble because you weren’t too sure what is legal and what isn’t, a lawyer is your best bet for reducing your charges and ensuring that this doesn’t happen again.