So, you’re facing state drug crime charges in a Mississippi State court. What’s next? First, you need to call a criminal defense lawyer. Even first-time, non-violent offenders need skilled representation. Don’t get that false sense of security, because you’re “only” facing misdemeanor charges. Any drug cases, whether at the state or federal level, deserve the representation of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Whether you’re facing marijuana possession and paraphernalia or a crystal meth charge, a lawyer is going to be your best bet for a positive outcome of the case.Mississippi State Courts and Drug Charges
Misdemeanor drug crimes in Mississippi are typically associated with the amount of drugs used considered standard for “personal use.” Sure, this is a pretty subjective term, but this is what the state goes by. Of course, you’re idea of personal use and the state’s might be somewhat different. If you’re facing misdemeanor drug charges, your case is going to be handled in a Mississippi State Court. Anything over the “personal use” amounts, and you’re looking at federal drug charges. Listed below are the misdemeanor amounts of a variety of different drugs in the State of Mississippi.Misdemeanor Drug Crime Penalties in Mississippi
If you’re facing misdemeanor controlled substances charges in Mississippi, you could be facing up to six months in jail and affine of up to $1,000. Multiple misdemeanors or other circumstances could increase your sentence or bump you up from a misdemeanor to a felony charge. If you’re facing misdemeanor drug crime charges in Mississippi, you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Some of the county jails in Mississippi are not anywhere you want to spend time, not even six months, so your freedom needs to be your lawyer’s top priority.Misdemeanor Drug Amounts in Mississippi State Courts
Marijuana: In an amount that is 30 grams or less
Cocaine: In an amount less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Crystal Meth: In an amount less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Ecstasy: In an amount less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Drug Possession in Jackson
Drug possession is the most common type of charge associated with state drug crimes. As above, this is the typical ‘personal use’ scenario. These cases can happen to just about anybody. These aren’t the dealers, the traffickers or the big king pins. These charges happen to everyday people, like our family members, friends and coworkers, and while misdemeanors may typically be viewed as ‘lesser crimes,’ they can certainly have a huge impact on so-called offenders and their family members. If you’ve been arrested and charged with drug possession in Mississippi, you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney who has successful state drug crime case experience.What is Drug Paraphernalia?
A variety of different items can be counted as drug paraphernalia. Just about any type of product or item that can be used or modified for making, using or concealing drugs for recreational purposes can be considered paraphernalia. If you’re caught with rolling papers, a bong or any other type of paraphernalia, expect to get this additional charge tacked on to your case.
Different Types of Drug Paraphernalia
In addition to fines, jail time and probation, you could also be facing a variety of intangible problems after a drug conviction. Even misdemeanor drug crimes can impact your future for years to come. You might think because you’re not facing felony charges that you don’t have anything to worry about, but nothing could be further from the truth. Any criminal drug conviction can seriously and negatively impact your life, your freedom and your future. Your ability to rent a house, get a job, apply for professional licenses and a variety of other necessities can be next-to-impossible after a drug conviction, even if it’s only a misdemeanor. You’re probably looking at losing your current job too.
If you or somebody you love is facing state drug crime charges in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation today. Don’t let a drug crime conviction ruin the next six months or longer of your life.