Everywhere from Sarasota, Florida to Spokane, Washington, narcotics possession is considered a criminal offense. However, with the legalization of marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington, the subject of narcotics possession and even the definition of narcotics possession is surely to be under judicial scrutiny more and more in upcoming years.
Narcotics Possession – What is it?
Narcotics possession, or drug possession, is the crime of having one or more illegal drugs in one’s possession – either for personal use, sale, distribution or otherwise. The quantity of illegal drugs discovered in the possession of a person is often used to determine the intent of the person arrested for possession.
Narcotics can include street drugs as well as many pharmaceutical drugs and can be generically referred to as controlled substances. In the case of street drugs they are controlled by laws and in the case of pharmaceutical drugs, they are controlled by prescriptions. When you possess either of these drugs illegally, you could be charged with narcotics possession.
What could happen?
If a person is found guilty of possession, the penalties enforced by the court can include fines, enforced drub rehabilitation programs, probation, jail time, or any combination of these points. Without a doubt, the quantity of illegal narcotics found in a person’s possession greatly impacts the severity of the crime in the eyes of the court and greatly effects the penalties that are enforced if a person is found guilty.
In my experience as a Sarasota Florida Criminal Defense Attorney, I have defended many clients faced with drug possession changes of varying degrees. The goal of every attorney defending a narcotics possession charge is to have the case dismissed or the charges reduced. Just know that the linchpin that could win any case will always be found buried in the details.
If you or a loved one is in need of a criminal defense lawyer in Sarasota Florida with experience defending against narcotics possession charges, please feel free to contact my office at 941-366-7997 today for a free consultation.