Drug crimes and convictions carry a wide variety of sentences based on the type of offense. Sentences range from fines and counseling to life in prison, depending on whether you are facing a felony or misdemeanor drug charge. The severity of the crime you are charged with will vary with the circumstances, such as what type of drugs are involved, the quantity of drugs, whether you have prior convictions, and whether violence was involved. Even if you were using drugs recreationally, or even if you were holding them for someone else, you can be charged with intent to distribute based on the quantity the police found. Possible charges include trafficking, possession, distribution, transportation, possession for sale, cultivation and manufacturing. Usually the most serious drug offenses involve heroine, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and PCP. Nevertheless, crimes involving marijuana and prescription drugs are being prosecuted more aggressively than ever, and can result in stiff sentences.
Drug offenses are made more severe by the presence of guns and violence. Where guns and violence are involved, the police are more likely to suspect a “drug ring” and investigate more aggressively. The prosecution is also likely to charge more aggressively. The gun charges alone could greatly increase the length of your sentence. But if you are involved in a drug and gun offense, you could also be facing charges for trafficking, export and import crimes, money laundering, RICO Act violations and conspiracy. Such charges could also change your state drug case into a federal drug case. You need an aggressive, experienced attorney from Kizy Law on your side. Call us today at 248-662-5499 for your free consultation.