Four Drug Charges That Are Serious But Very Common
1. Criminal Diversion
Criminal diversion is the illegal obtaining, selling or distribution of controlled drugs without a legally authorized prescription.
Criminal diversion is a felony and categorized into four degrees. It is often instigated by medical professionals and/or pharmacists breaking their responsibility to protect dependent users from obtaining drugs that they can use or sell.
2. Marijuana Possession
Marijuana possession is the willful and controlled possession of an amount of marijuana for personal use.
Federal law does not qualify possession by amount. Possession of any amount of marijuana is a federal crime and punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 on the first offense.
3. Sale Of Marijuana
Marijuana sales offenses are the sale and distribution of marijuana or concentrates, with or without the intention of making a financial profit.
If you are arrested for attempting to sell marijuana, it is essential to contact a specialist lawyer as quickly as possible. The potential penalties for possession and sale differ significantly, so an experienced lawyer will explain your rights and help you to seek the lowest possible sentence.
4. Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia
Drug paraphernalia crimes are the illegal possession of paraphernalia associated with drug use, sale, or manufacture, including syringes, pipes, scales, dilutants and adulterants.
Under federal law the term drug paraphernalia means “any equipment, product or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance.”
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