What to Know on Drug Possession Laws
There are different types of drugs you should know. In addition some of these drugs are not legal while other can be easily acquired and freely used. Below is what you should know about drug possession laws.
First and very important on the list is to understand how different countries and states stipulate different laws surrounding drug possession. The laws will either be on specific controlled drugs or to all drugs in general. One should however acknowledge the fact that one drug can be legal in a certain state and yet illegal in another state. Take an example of marijuana which is illegal in many countries and states while others only allow it when a doctor’s prescription is given and in other states it’s allowed for recreational purposes. Therefore, keep in mind where in one state a drug might be legal it can be a different case in another state.
Secondly it is advisable to be aware of drug possession charges. Where in some countries possessing controlled substances might lead to jail time and other punitive measures, other states prefer lenient measures such as rehabilitation and fines. Those who are arrested for possession are luckier than those with intentions to distribute. Hence as you move from state to state ensure you are aware of their laws relating to possession of drugs. Thus you will not be surprised when pulled over or arrested for possession.
Well, the case is different when it comes to having an intention to distribute drugs. Not surprisingly, the charges in this scenario will not be easily swayed even on community service and fines. You will be denied some of your civil liberties and punitive measures will be undertaken. One found with this charge is likely to face jail time and the offence goes in your record. It is not important what drug you have an intent to distribute as long as it is illegally being distributed you are prone to these charges. Thus when thinking of venturing into the drug distribution sector ensure its all according to the law of your state.
Lastly but very important keep in mind that silence is an option. Keep in mind that trying to prove your innocence to the police might not result well rather wait until you talk to your lawyer. You can however, cooperate with them as you wait for your lawyer to arrive. The lawyer will try to take note on whether you were aware of the presence of these drugs, the effects they have and the charges you are likely to face. Hence formulate a plan to defend you.