Possession of a controlled substance can be a felony or a misdemeanor, and can lead to serious criminal charges. When charged with a drug crime, a drug crime lawyer can help you.
Influences on whether possession of a controlled substance is a felony or not:
The Intention: Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute may result in felony charges. Possession of a controlled substance for one’s personal use results in less punishment than the intent to distribute.
Type of Drug: Punishments may differ depending on the type of drugs. Possession of some drugs may result in severe punishment. For instance, marijuana possession is usually a misdemeanor charge, while in some states it may result in a traffic citation. Possession of methamphetamines or crack cocaine may result in felony charges.
Quantity/ Amount of Drug: One can be charged with a felony, if he/she is found possessing a higher amount of controlled substance. According to drug laws in many states, the charges may shift from misdemeanor to a felony depending on the possession of a substance over a certain amount.
Penalties for possession of a controlled substance
Penalties for possession of a controlled substance depend on the way the substances are classified in the state schedule. The more dangerous a substance is, the more the felony charges. Felony charges usually result in fines along with jail sentences for more than a year. Misdemeanors usually result in fines accompanied by jail time of less than one year.
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