Drugs are related to crime in multiple ways. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and amphetamines are examples of drugs classified to have abuse potential. Drugs are also related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity in connection with drug trafficking.
If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, you are facing serious criminal penalties. Drug crimes range from simple possession through trafficking, possession with intent to sell and other, more serious drug charges. Even for a first-time offender, drug crimes charges can be extremely serious. If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a drug crime like possession of a controlled substance, there are steps you can take now to understand the situation and protect your legal rights. With the help of a competent and experienced legal professional, you can maximize your chances of reduced or dropped charges. It is crucial that you discuss the circumstances of your arrest with a knowledgeable attorney from Neil Weissman LLP as soon as possible. In doing so, you can ensure that your lawyer will have enough time to thoroughly examine the evidence that is being held against you and challenge any inconsistencies that arise.