In our last post, we talked about the scheduling system and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This seminal piece of legislation forever changed how the US tackled drug crimes, and we've been in the "War on Drugs" ever since. The "success," so much as it is, of this "war" is in the eye of the beholder.
When we talk about drug crimes though, there isn't just a wide variety of circumstances related to the scheduling of the substances. There is also a wide variety of the drug charges that can be filed against an alleged perpetrator. What are these charges? Let's take a look:
- Drug paraphernalia and drug possession. Possession charges vary from state to state, depending on the laws of that state. Drug paraphernalia charges are related to the "equipment" that may be involved in a drug crime. So bongs, pipes, syringes and other pieces of equipment could lead to this type of charge.
- On the drug dealing side, there are drug manufacturing, drug delivery, drug trafficking and drug dealing charges. These also vary from state to state, and they also very in terms of severity and punishment. But all of these charges can deal significant consequences to the person being accused of the crimes.
Drug crimes are, obviously, very serious matters that need to be addressed as such. Without an experienced criminal defense attorney, any defendant is at risk of some serious punishment. Don't risk your future when these crimes are alleged.
Source: FindLaw, "Types of Drug Crimes," Accessed April 27, 2017