A charge of drug possession carries with it a wide range of penalties that are dependent upon the circumstances of the crime. Different types and amounts of illegal substances have penalties that can be as low as 180 days in jail or as high as 99 years in prison. Whether or not the substance appeared to be packaged for personal use or sale can also determine whether the crime is prosecuted as regular possession or possession with intent to distribute, the latter of which has a lengthier sentence and higher fines.
Those who are convicted of possessing drugs will have a variety of factors taken into account before they are sentenced. Group I drugs include substances such as cocaine, ketamine, hydrocodone and heroin and can bring sentences such as:
Other substances, such as Ecstasy, PCP and mescaline are considered Group II drugs, and they bring sentences such as:
One of the most effective ways to defend against felony drug charges is to hire a felony drug possession attorney who will scrutinize every step the police took when investigating the crime. There might have been mistakes in how the police obtained evidence or tested for the substance. These mistakes can cause a case to be dismissed and allow the person being charged to return to his or her normal life.
Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law has been defending clients for more than 30 years. He always aggressively defends his clients’ rights. Mr. Mintzer believes that serving clients’ needs is the best way to achieve results. Following this idea, he keeps in touch with clients during every aspect of their respective cases, giving them peace of mind. You can schedule a free consultation with Rand Mintzer by calling 713-862-8880.