It is well known that drugs are addictive chemical substances that affect central nervous system causing beneficial effects on perception, consciousness and behavior. There are four basic types of drug crimes, these are possession, distribution/trafficking, use and manufacture and cultivation of any of the following:
- anabolic steroids
- chemicals (ingredients of drugs)
One of the basic drug crimes is drug possession, because it is illegal to possess controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine etc. If a person possesses a small amount of drugs, it may be considered a “simple possession”. If the police finds large amounts of drugs, it presumes “intention to distribute”. Drugs possession can be determined by “actual possession” when the person has control over the drug and in most cases is carrying it. If the substance is found around the person’s property – the possession is called “constructive”. Possession of paraphernalia such as crack pipes, bongs or syringes also violates federal and state laws.
The punishment for drug possession can be very severe. Quantity and type of the drug, defendant’s criminal record and the purpose of the possession will define the severity of the penalties. If you feel like you’ve been unjustly accused of the drug possession crime, make sure you contact a qualified criminal lawyer who will find the best possible defenses for you. On Legal Bistro you can find lawyers who will compete to handle your case.