Along with drug possession charges, possession of drug paraphernalia charges are one of the more commonly charged crimes in any jurisdiction. Read more to understand the legal definition, circumstances and penalties.
Possessing “illegal drugs” may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, a more serious charge. The prosecutor’s choice will depend on the type of drug involved (sometimes, possessing a certain type of drug will automatically lead to felony charges).
A potent stimulant known as cocaine is derived from the leaves of the South American coca plant. Under federal law and the law of all fifty states, possession of any amount of cocaine is a crime. And, crack cocaine (a form of cocaine that is processed even further than powder cocaine to achieve a cheaper version) carries heavier penalties under federal and some state laws.
Methamphetamine (also known as “crystal meth”) is a highly addictive drug. While methamphetamine may be used legally when obtained with a prescription, it is otherwise considered a “controlled substance,” whose possession, sale, or manufacture is against the law (see 21 U.S.C. § 844(a)). Meth is a particularly dangerous drug, causing many health and safety problems in those who use or manufacture it.
Heroin is an extremely addictive drug that is used illegally by many in the United States. It is a synthetic form of morphine, which is derived from the seedpod of a type of poppy plant. In its purest form, heroin...
Rohypnol -- the “date rape drug” featured in horrific news reports starting in the late 1980s. People at parties or out for drinks at bars later found themselves in a stranger’s home, often naked, and with no memory of how they had gotten there or what had happened to them. Many such incidents
The manufacture of any drug, also known as narcotics or controlled substances, is strictly prohibited unless you are properly licensed by state and federal authorities. Drug manufacturing laws are most commonly seen in cases where someone is growing marijuana or making methamphetamine, but can apply in any situation where a controlled substance is involved.
Though many people believe that “drug trafficking” is synonymous with “drug dealing,” the law applies a broader net. Though state laws on drug trafficking differ significantly, all states have laws that punish drug trafficking activity.
Enacted in the 1980’s, the federal sentencing guidelines for drug trafficking impose significant penalties for people convicted of federal drug trafficking crimes. When most people hear the words “drug trafficking,” they imagine drug dealers or international drug smugglers; professional criminals
Federal law makes it illegal for any person who does not have a license to write prescriptions to sell or give a prescription drug to another person (21 U.S.C. § 841(a)). Licensed health care professionals, such as doctors or pharmacists, cannot knowingly sell or give prescription drugs to someone who does not have either a valid need or valid prescription for the drugs.
Question: I sold a baggie of aspirins that I said was OxyContin to a guy at a concert. After the show, I heard that there were undercover officers in the crowd. Could I be busted for selling fake drugs?
Once called “uppers,” amphetamines have been retooled for the demands of the modern world. Some amphetamines are prescribed to treat attention disorders but are used without prescriptions (and illegally) as study aids, athletic performance enhancers, and brain boosters. This “off label” use has
In years past, someone convicted of possessing one gram of crack would receive a sentence 100 times longer than someone possessing one gram of powder cocaine. What is the chemical difference between crack cocaine and powder cocaine that justified this disparity? Answer: There is no significant chemical difference—crack and powder cocaine are both forms of cocaine.
In the waning days of the disco era, “angel dust” made its appearance on the recreational drug menu of some partiers. PCP swiftly gained a notoriety that far outpaced either its popularity or its potency. But it is a potentially dangerous substance, and possessing it exposes a person to very serious