Drug possession laws in Connecticut are very serious and the penalties for possession charges are strict. In fact, recently the penalties for drug possession and many other drug crimes have increased due to the "war on drugs." The penalties and charges for drug crimes vary depending on the type of drug involved along with the amount of the drug. Regardless of the type of drug crime you are facing, it is important to have an experienced Hartford criminal attorney by your side. Some of the common drugs leading to drug possession charges in Connecticut include:
Generally, drugs are categorized as marijuana, hallucinogen drugs, and narcotics. When it comes to marijuana, the penalties vary according to the amount found in possession. For the first offense, if you are found in possession of less than 4oz, you could be facing up to one year in jail along with a $1,000 fine. If you are found with 4oz or more, you could be facing up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Subsequent possession charges result in harsher penalties. A second or subsequent possession offense of less than 4oz. of marijuana is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $3,000 fine. If it is a second or subsequent offense for 4oz or more, the penalties could include up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Marijuana possession charges in the state of Connecticut are not taken lightly. If you are facing charges, you need a skilled Hartford criminal defense lawyer to help.
The drugs that are categorized as hallucinogens are LSD/Acid, MMDA/Ecstasy, PCP/Angel Dust and mescaline. The penalties for these type of offenses increase in severity after each offense. The penalty breakdown follows these guidelines:
Second of subsequent offense:
The penalties for possession of narcotic drugs are more severe than any other drug possession offense. The drugs classified as narcotics include, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. If found guilty for this type of offense, the penalties could include any of the following:
Third or subsequent offense:
Any other type of drug or controlled substance found in possession is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense. Possession charge penalties are amplified if the offense occurred within 1500 feet of a school or day care. If you are caught in possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school zone, there is a mandatory two year jail sentence plus any other penalties included. You do not need to be aware that you were in close proximity to a school to have an increased penalty.
In order to aggressively fight against your drug charges, it is important to team up with a knowledgeable and experienced Hartford criminal attorney. Carlson & Dumeer, LLC is an aggressive and persistent criminal defense firm dedicated to helping clients defend against drug possession charges. Get started on your case by scheduling your free case evaluation. Call a Hartford criminal defense lawyer from our firm today to see how we may be able to help you!