Substances, often called “contraband” by law enforcement, may include cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Defendants charged with felony drug offenses face serious consequences. Conviction may result in a prison sentence.
Worse, felony drug offenses may also initiate forfeiture proceedings. In other words, defendants may lose personal property and real property associated with the charges. Finally, the penalties for felony drug offense vary depending on whether the defendant has prior convictions, the quantity of drugs covered, the substance involved, and whether a weapon was present.
Possession of Marijuana
In Mississippi, you will only be charged with a violation for possession of marijuana weighing under 30 grams. A first time offense will result in a fine of $250. Jail time can range anywhere from 5 to 60 days for a second offense, and a third offense can result in 5 days to 6 months of jail time.
If possession is found to be over 30 grams, the consequence is a felony. Possession of marijuana ranging from 30 to 250 grams can be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison.
Possession of Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamines
Cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines are considered highly addictive and harmful drugs. For this reason, they are classified as schedule I and schedule II substances. Possession of schedule I and schedule II substances is always considered a felony, but the penalties differ depending on the amount of possession.
How Do You Fight A Drug Charge?
There are several criminal defenses for a drug charge, but the primary defense is to challenge the means by which the evidence was obtained. If no probable cause or search warrant can be provided, then your charges can be dismissed on the grounds of inadmissible evidence.
Many charges also suffer from weaknesses in establishing “constructive possession.” Circumstances may have deemed the drugs to be in your possession when that was not necessarily the case. If possession cannot be proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, an experienced drug attorney may be able to help you fight your drug charges.
Why Hire a Drug Attorney?
A drug charge does not necessarily mean a drug conviction. If you are charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, an experienced drug attorney can work with you to help you dismiss your charges or reduce your penalties. A drug offense can leave you suffering lifelong consequences, but it does not have to be the case.
Why Hire William Wayne Housley?
William Housley has over a decade of experience in criminal law. His determination and commitment to justice will ensure that your case is seen all the way through from start to finish.
Contact William today for a free consultation.