Facing drug charges is a serious situation for any accused individual. There are different types of drug charges and accused individuals should be familiar with so they can understand what they are facing and prepare a strong criminal defense.
There are several different types of drug offenses which are all serious but can also carrying increasingly significant penalties.
Drug possession laws make it a crime to possess illicit controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin. What is considered an illegal substance can vary by state and accused individuals should also keep in mind that both federal and state drug laws can impact them.
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Drug paraphernalia charges refer to the possession of any equipment that is used to prepare, inject, inhale or conceal illegal drugs. Examples can include bongs, pipes, rolling papers or syringes. It is illegal to import, export or sell drug paraphernalia.
Drug manufacturing charges criminalize the production process of an illegal drug. Drug cultivation laws can also vary by state based on the legality of certain drugs.
Drug trafficking or distribution
Drug trafficking and distribution laws make it illegal to sell, transport and import illegal controlled substances such as marijuana and cocaine. The penalties for drug trafficking and distribution charges can be harsh.
Whatever types of drug charges the accused individual is facing, it is important to understand what they are and how to respond to them. Sometimes accused individuals may end up facing a variety of different drug charges and need to be ready to fight them.