You have had a hard life, and you did everything you could to make it easier. That sometimes meant that you fell afoul of the law, but in your circumstances, you felt that you were justified.
Recently, you tried to complete a drug transaction with another person. Fortunately, those involved in the case have only sought possession charges, because no transaction had occurred and they knew they couldn’t prove that you intended to sell anything.
Possession charges add up and can lead to felonies
What you may be surprised to learn is that drug possession, even in relatively small amounts, can still lead to felony charges. For example, if you have .5 to 3.9 ounces of cocaine or heroin at the time of an arrest, you could be charged with 3rd degree possession, which is classified as a “B” nonviolent felony charge. The possible prison sentence is up to nine years.
The most significant possession charge is for 1st degree possession. If you have more than 8 ounces of cocaine or another narcotic drug in your possession at the time of the arrest, you could be charged with an “A1” felony, which comes with a possible 20 years in prison.
It is important for you to understand that all possession charges for narcotics (anything other than marijuana, in this case) are all felonies. Though some have fewer penalties than others, the reality is that you are looking at several years in prison regardless of the felony that you could be convicted of. It’s well worth fighting the charges and making sure you don’t say or do anything that may be considered admitting a crime.
What is the role of a defense attorney during a drug possession case?
Your attorney’s role is to protect you against unfair treatment and to help you minimize the damage to your reputation and lifestyle. Your attorney will work with you to understand exactly what happened and look for ways to have the case dismissed. For example, if you were searched with no probable cause, then the evidence may not be able to be admitted and the case against you may have no standing.
Your attorney will also help negotiate a plea deal or work toward reducing the penalties that you will face if you are convicted. They will tell you more about what to expect in court and help you prepare if you have to have a hearing or trial.