Richard C. Lombardi

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Criminal Charges and Drug Offenses

While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, please call or email us today.

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First there is a presumption that you are innocent. But, if questioned by a police officer, you should cooperate but be careful. It is wise to speak to an attorney before speaking with the police if they ask you to come to the police station and make a statement or answer questions.

If a police officer stops you for a traffic stop, DO NOT consent to a search of the car. DO NOT consent to the use of a drug dog if the police want you to wait for one. Obviously, you know if you have illegal drugs or paraphemalia inside your vehicle which you shouldn't. You should and will have to produce your drivers license and proof of insurance. Always be polite and cooperative but do not volunteer information. If police ask if you have anything in the car, he obviously means drugs, open alcohol, illegal needles, syringes and/or paraphemalia. You don't need to admit any of these and you can tell police you would prefer to counsel with an attorney before answering any unrelated questions as to why you were stopped. For example, if stopped for "no license plate light", what does that have to do with drugs? Absolutely nothing! Why would police even ask? Same concept goes for getting pulled over for speeding or a headlight burned out. Both of those situations do not have anything to do with illegal drungs or paraphemaila.

Did you know that a small amount of marijuanna can get you a license suspension?

How are drugs classified?

Almost all states divide drugs into categories called “Schedules.” These groups are usually based on, or adopted in whole from, the Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA); which categorizes drugs by their recognized medical value balanced against the drug’s potential for addiction and abuse. Like the CSA, most states’ laws recognize five schedules, with Schedule I including the most dangerous drugs (such as heroin), and Schedule V the least. Many drugs, such as morphine, have genuine medical value, but are very addictive, so they fall in between.

Penalties

Drug possession charges are subject to an incredibly broad range of penalties, depending on the state in which the crime occurs or if federal charges are involved. The severity of the penalty depends upon a number of factors, such as the specific type of drug involved, the circumstances surrounding the possession, and the criminal history of the person possessing the drugs. Penalties for possession of Schedule I drugs are the most severe and Schedule V the least severe.

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