Monday, December 18, 2017

Drug Law

Consequences for getting caught with drugs

If an individual is caught by the police using drugs or any other type of intoxicant, selling drugs to other people or spending a lot of time with people who use drugs, then that individual may have to face legal consequences.

If a person is convicted of a crime which is related to drug abuse, then there are many disadvantages they may have to face such as not being able to join the military, having to serve jail time, problem getting a job of their interest, and problems keeping or paying their college loan etc.

The drug abuse laws and rules in the United States are very strict. In many cases, individuals are taken into custody and convicted for drug abuse even when they are not using it; simply being with people who are using it can get them in trouble. Everything depends on the rules of the area in which the person is living.

Laws related to drugs

The laws related to drug abuse are different for every state and these laws include the production, possession, usage and selling of drugs as well as driving under the influence of drugs.

If a person wants to get knowledge about the laws related to drug usage of the state in which he/she is living, then he/she can get it from the state government's website.

Federal drug laws of the state

Controlled Substances Act (CSA) stops unauthorized production and selling of drugs and other controlled substances which affect the thinking ability of individuals who use them. Federal law pays attention to a huge amount of controlled substances than state and local laws and it also pays attention to interstate or international drug trafficking. Other than that, the federal law also focuses on the consequences for violating the CSA such as the eligibility for different types of federal benefits like grants and loans. The CSA pays attention to stop the use of drugs and have penalties for selling drugs to underage individuals or using underage individuals to sell drugs and selling of drugs near a school, interstate highway or truck stop.

Federal penalties are stricter that the penalties at state or local level. If a person is arrested and convicted for a drug-related crime, then he/she many face prison time for 12 months under state or local law but under the federal law, he/she will have to serve prison for 10 years.

Federal penalties for trafficking marijuana

Federal penalties for trafficking marijuana are determined after considering the quantity and amount of the drug and after seeing how many times the trafficker has been convicted for the drug-related crime.

If a person has sold 1,000 kg or more of the drug or 1,000 or more plants, then he/she will have to serve jail for a minimum of 10 years, and will have to pay a maximum fine of $4 million for a 1st time conviction and arrest. For a 2nd offense, the person will have to serve jail for a minimum of 20 years and pay a maximum fine of $8 million. For the 3rd offense, an individual faces life imprisonment without release. The larger the amount of drugs a person deals in, the more they have to pay for it.

 

Author Bio:

Mark Rosenfeld has practiced law for over ten years, and is well-known for his experience in alcohol related offenses. He began his legal career at the San Diego Public Defender’s office, and subsequently moved into private practice. Mr. Rosenfeld has practiced exclusively driving related defense law since 2003 when he joined the DUI Defense Group and has since litigated hundreds of DUI cases.