For many, Valentine’s Day is a day reserved for spoiling loved ones
with sweet candies, flowers, and romantic candlelight dinners. For those
less fortunate Valentine’s Day is a painful reminder for singles
of their relationship status. There a number of ways people remedy their
loneliness and heartache on the day dedicated to love. Drug abuse is a
very common method for managing negative feelings, especially on Valentine’s
Day. It is also a very difficult addiction to overcome. If you have been
caught in possession of drugs the moments to come may be very difficult
to withstand if you are not armed with the necessary information.
FAQ concerning of drug possession:
1. What if this is my first offense?
Even with the first offense drug possession penalties are dependent on
a number of factors, such as amount of substance and intent. Possession
of a significant amount of cocaine with intention of distribution will
most likely earn you a harsher penalty than possession of a personal stash
of marijuana. Milder drug offenses may result in lesser fines, a formal
citation, or a permanent criminal record. More serious drug offenses usually
involve longer jail time and larger fines.
2. What if this is my second offense?
If this is your second offense the court may be more inclined to dish out
a harsher punishment. Usually a second offense results in an actual drug
possession conviction or real jail time. Amount of substance in your possession
can influence the penalty for a second offense.
3. What if I have been caught with intention to supply?
Intention of drug distribution is a very serious offense and usually results
in a felony charge. Sentences and fines often vary from state to state.
Some states will sentence 10 years while others may only sentence 5 years
for the same offense. The circumstances involving your situation and behavior
can have some type of impact on the outcome.
4. Can I plead not guilty to intention to supply?
In some cases you can plead guilty to the possession charge, but plead
not guilty to the intent to supply and insist the drugs were meant for
your personal use. In this case evidence may be stacked up against you
to prove otherwise. Evidence such as lingering around minors or large
amounts of cash in your possession may weaken your not guilty plea.
5. Legally, what can I do to help myself?
If you have been caught with drug possession, intent to supply, or a similar
offense hire an attorney immediately. If you are unable to afford an attorney,
research to see see if you qualify for legal aid. Legal aid is a way to
receive help paying for the cost of an attorney. At the time, if you are
employed you may be asked to contribute an amount to the cost of a lawyer.
Being caught in possession of drugs can be a frightening experience, however
if you arm yourself with the necessary information the experience may
seem less terrifying.
If you have been convicted of a drug offense feel free to
contact us at Kyle Law Firm.