Types Of Drug Crimes And Charges
Types of Drug Crimes and Charges
Although the legal medical and recreational use of marijuana is sweeping the nation, don’t expect for law enforcement officers and prosecutors in Mississippi to go easy on you if you’re facing drug charges. There are so many different drug crimes that can land you in jail in the State of Mississippi. On top of a variety of different infractions, drug charges can also be impacted by the amount and type of drug involved. Whether it’s a small time marijuana possession or a large scale trafficking charge, your first step after a drug arrest needs to be speaking with a criminal defense attorney. Listed below are just a few of the different types of drug crimes and charges you can be slapped with.
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Different Types of Drug Crimes and Charges
- CCE (Continuing Criminal Enterprise) / Kingpin
- Conspiracy to Distribute
- Possession with the Intent to Distribute
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Medical Marijuana
- Minor in Possession
- Sales/ Dealing
- Meth Labs
- Drug Cultivation (Marijuana)
- Grow Houses
- Drug Sale near a School Zone
- Drug Charges Pre-File Investigation
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The Weight Makes a Difference
Not only can the type of drug involved in your charges have an impact on the type and severity of penalties you’re facing, but the weight or amount of drugs involve will also have a huge impact on your charges and potential penalties if convicted. For example, in Mississippi, the misdemeanor classification for marijuana charges is 30 grams or less. Anything over that, and you’re looking at felony charges, possibly with the intent to distribute tacked on. The government has already decided how much of what drug constitutes “personal use,” regardless of your real life situation. If you’ve got more than one dosage unit of crystal meth, you could be charged with a felony.
When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Jackson
There are so many types of drug crimes and charges, and the possible combinations of potential charges are virtually endless. Thanks to mandatory minimums and the War on Drugs, even first-time offenders can face lengthy prison sentences for non-violent infractions. Since many of these drug cases can also involve multiple investigating and law enforcement agencies, it’s a good idea to have a lawyer who has successful drug case experience, at the local, state and federal level.
If you or somebody you love are facing any kind of drug charges in the Jackson Metro Area or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation.