Drugs and crime are very much related. There are drug crimes, other types of crimes and there’s a crossbreed of the two: drug-related crimes. The onset of drug-related crime is the crime to use, possess, manufacture, or distribute drugs. Which can be matched and later on classified to abuse. Statistics show that the amount of crime in the US is normally due or precedent to drugs. Drugs directly relate to crime because of the amount of crimes that emanate from the use of drugs. Usually, with the perpetrator under the influence of drugs during the crime.
The war against drugs in the United States has taken a revamp in the past years. Targeting to diminish violence rooted on drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin, Opiates and even illegally obtained prescription drugs. With news reports and social media flooded with drug related crimes, it is hard not to wonder… What really happens to these alleged drug users, traffickers and everyone caught in between?
Like the rest of the country, the state of Massachusetts is scorned with drug users and traffickers alike. But do you know what differentiates one drug-related offense from another? What can you do if you’ve been charged with one?
There are a few drug-related crimes punishable under the law. And each one of them is treated with much seriousness in Massachusetts court. Depending on the offense, it is safe to say that people who are proven guilty of a drug-related offense do not get off that easily. So people charged with any of the crimes below should prepare themselves. Best thing to do is hire the best criminal defense lawyer available.
Is classified as the unlicensed production of prescription drugs or the manufacturing of illegal drugs. This happen in so called “drug laboratories”. Someone may be accused of the said crime even if he/she is not directly involved. Someone doesn’t have to be in the so called manufacturing or creation of the narcotics or controlled substance to be guilty. Anyone caught in possession of materials or substances used for the creation or manufacturing of illegal drugs may be accused of the same crime.
Is the illegal transport and carrying of drugs in the country. Statistics show that most illicit drugs available in the USA are smuggled into the country through various means. It is
however notable that the most popular means of transport is by land.
Conspiracy to violate drug laws
Is a crime that could be tacked on top of an outstanding drug-related crime like trafficking or possession. In order for someone to be proven of the crime of conspiracy evidence to support that he/she has indeed joined in an agreement or plan with one or more persons, that the agreement entered into would be to commit something of unlawful nature, and, the accused joined the agreement in full knowledge of the unlawful plan with an intent to help see it through.
Prescription drug abuse
When someone takes prescription drugs beyond the prescribed amount and for not the intended reason, it could be an indicator of prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse seems too common now to even notice, although it doesn’t make it right all the same. In 2010, it had been reported that Vicodin and OxyContin are among the most abused prescription drugs in the country; shockingly, even to some high school students.
A serious offense that indicate the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances which are subject to prohibition laws.
Is referred to the act of being in possession of illegal substances. Regardless if it is prescription drugs obtained illegally. With no surprise, those arrested for drug possession usually test positive for drugs as well and may be classified as drug abusers too.
Drug Possession with intent to distribute
Similar to drug possession, although it is distinct that there is an intent to distribute or sell the illegal drugs especially if the substance is individually packed and obviously for distribution.
What can you do if you are charged with a drug-related crime?
Seek legal counsel right away and choose the best lawyer with vast experience in defending drug-related crime cases. The severity or leniency of the punishment you may incur is detrimental to your future. So you truly need someone on your side who understands your case and will work day and night to provide the best defense for your case. A criminal defense lawyer would help you starting from your arrest to your actual trial. They will defend you all the way, ensure that your rights are protected and your side is heard.