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.