Possession of Drugs Charges
Facing charges for possessing drugs might mean you have to pay fines or even spend time in jail. This guide describes the main information you have to know on the subject, including some aspects of drug possession laws, and why lawyers can help you.
What Is a Possession Charge?
Also known as unlawful possession, it refers to possessing something that is illegal for you to have. The most common types include drugs, weapons, and stolen goods possession, and each of these categories divides into various degrees of charges.
Drug Possession Laws
Most laws that work today were signed in the 1980s, and they focused on creating different sentences depending on various factors, for example, the type of drug you possess, the amount of it you have, and so on.
To be convicted of possession, the court must prove that you possess a drug and that you knew beyond a reasonable doubt that said drug was an illegal substance.
In some cases, for example, people accused of drug possession are unaware of the fact that they had the drug in question. Even though this is rare, it can occur, which is why hiring a lawyer is essential.
On most occasions, the court might charge you either with simple possession or with possession with the intent to distribute. The second case carries heavier sentences since it often involves the person having more drugs.
Crimes and Charges
If you face simple possession charges, it means that authorities found you with drugs intended for personal use.
Possession with intent to distribute, on the other hand, is often a much more serious issue, and in many cases. People often refer to this as ‘drug dealing,’ and if you are convicted of this, it means authorities might have found multiple drugs packages, scales, or other paraphernalia to facilitate drug selling.
Punishment and Sentencing Guidelines
The punishment you get for drug possession can vary widely depending on the amount of drug you were carrying, whether the authorities prove the intent of distribution or not, your criminal record, and more.
Although it varies by province, simple possession can represent fines that range from $30 to $20,000, and prison sentences can go from 15 days to 10 years.
Additionally, you should also keep in mind that the type of drug you carry also affects the punishment you get. Possessing marijuana beyond personal use, for example, often represents a lesser punishment than having narcotics, heroin, or cocaine.
Finally, to determine your sentence, authorities must abide by different guidelines, including your age, criminal records, any previous offenses, the amount of drug you have, and all contributing factors.
Call FMK Law Group Today
If you’re accused of possessing drugs, you might be facing serious charges depending on the severity of the offense. Therefore, you need knowledgeable lawyers to passionately defend you, assess your situation, and recommend the best suggestions possible. Call FMK Law Group as soon as you can and book an appointment with an experienced attorney!