Being charged with drug crimes is a serious issue and may involve dire repercussions. The Federal and State Governments have strict punishments for the offenders. A thorough and well though-out defense is essential when faced with any of the drug charges. Let’s take a look at some types of common drug crimes:
Common Types of Drug Crimes
Possession of Drugs
Being in possession of any illicit substance including, marijuana, cocaine, or crystal meth is a crime both under Federal and State legislations. A person may be charged with it, without even the intent of distributing. However, the punishment may depend on factors such as, the type of drugs and the amount possessed. The prosecution has to prove that the individual did not have valid prescription.
Manufacturing of Drugs
If a person is found to be involved in any production of illegal substances, he/she may be charged with drug manufacturing. However, the intent of manufacturing and possession of these illicit drugs must be proved by the prosecution. The laws regarding drugs that are medically useful vary from state to state. For example, marijuana may be used for medical purposes and its manufacturing may not, under certain circumstances, be considered a drug crime.
Trafficking of Drugs
Selling or transporting illegal drugs is strictly prohibited by law. It involves supplying and delivering of controlled substances. It is a serious offense and may lead to severe sentences and punishments.
Dealing of Drugs
This is the most serious offense of the lot. It involves directly selling illegal drugs. The punishments may vary from 10 years in imprisonment and a fine, to life imprisonment. This again depends on the type and quantity of the drug being sold.
In addition to the list above, there are two other drug charges that are witnessed quite often. Drug conspiracy deals with any activities that deal with distributing or manufacturing illegal drugs or any attempts to promote them. Protected Location Offenses refers to selling drugs in prohibited areas or providing them to youngsters under the age of 21.
Types of Drugs
The abuse, manufacturing and distribution of any of following types of drugs may lead to a drug crime charge:
- Other controlled substances
This refers to any equipment that is used to inject, inhale or conceal illegal drugs. Any device or tool that is used in drug production will also come under this category. Selling, importing or exporting any drug paraphernalia is illegal and punishable by law. Examples include;
- Rolling papers
Edward Robinson and Nancy Kardon, with a combined experience of 30 years, are the most trustworthy drug crime attorneys in Torrance, California. Their outstanding commitment and thorough knowledge of the State and Federal legislations make them experts in the field.