Drug-related crimes are some of the most serious offenses a person can commit. Offenders usually suffer stricter punishments and higher fines and, when convicted, their relationships, as well as their private and professional lives, are significantly affected.
A drug offense is serious, and consequently calls for a well planned defense, substantial evidences and convincing line of reasoning that would lead to the dropping of the case, an acquittal or, in the event of a possible conviction, the least punishment. To be assured of all such things, you will need a lawyer who is really tough and highly experienced in litigations involving drug crimes.
The list of drug-related offenses includes drug selling, drug manufacturing and / or delivery, drug trafficking / distribution, possession and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Methamphetamine, or meth, is an artificial stimulant which affects a person’s central nervous system; it is also considered as an extremely addictive substance. Its appearance can be in the form of a pill, crystals or yellowish or white crystalline powder and it is known under so many names: go-fast, methlies quick, yellow bam, stove top, poor man’s cocaine, trash, uppers, tweak, tina, fire, yaba, crank, glass, crystal, speed or ice. When smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed, methamphetamine can cause stroke, brain damage, rotting of teeth, mania, paranoia, organ failure, psychosis or obsessive compulsive behavior.
Methamphetamine also makes users usually withdraw from friends and increases chances of criminal activity, violent behavior and suicide. Mere possession of this drug (any amount) will make offender suffer about 2 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $10,000. Possession of large amounts of methamphetamine, however, will incur no more than 99 years behind bars and up to a $100,000 fine. Since use and mere possession of any kind of drug can only worsen your life, avoiding it is always a wise decision.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, the punishments can be severe. To avoid being charged wrongly or too harshly, contacting a drug crime attorney is crucial.