Any unauthorized possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance is a drug crime. Drug crimes can be charged at the federal or the state level. Whether an offense is charged at the state or federal level is determined by a few factors, such as where the alleged offense occurred and whether it involved moving illegal drugs between states or across United States borders.
When you are facing a drug charge, you are facing criminal penalties that can be quite extensive, such as years in prison. Work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight your charge and have it potentially downgraded or dismissed.
As mentioned above, any unauthorized possession or other involvement with a controlled dangerous substance is a drug crime. Drug offenses include:
In some cases, a drug offense occurs alongside another criminal offense. For example, forging a doctor’s signature on a prescription for an opioid is an act of prescription fraud as well as a drug offense.
A drug offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type of charge, the type of drug allegedly involved, and the amount of the drug allegedly possessed, sold, or trafficked. Additionally, any previous drug convictions on the individual’s criminal record can affect how an offense is charged. Within the misdemeanor and felony categories, drug offenses can be charged at a variety of degrees. Because there is such great variation in how drug offenses can be charged, there is a wide range of penalties convicted individuals face. These penalties include fines, jail time, and probation with varying degrees of severity.
Some individuals facing drug charges are eligible for Michigan’s drug court program. Through this program, individuals can receive treatment for their addictions through supervised programs that can help them avoid convictions and criminal penalties.
There are many different ways to fight a drug charge. The right way for you to fight your charge depends on the circumstances of your case. Your defense strategy could involve one or more of the following:
If you are facing a drug charge, be proactive and start working on your case’s defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact our team at Nickola Law today to set up your free consultation in our office.
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