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Are you a victim of the ‘war on drugs’? Even low-level charges, such as possession of marijuana, can leave serious, long-lasting consequences in your life. These only increase if intent to sell or distribute is added to those charges.
This ‘war’ isn’t helping anyone. If anything, it’s making matters worse by sending millions of Americans to jail, and creating a lucrative black market for drugs. But regardless of its ineffectiveness, prosecutors continue to relentlessly pursue drug cases because of their severity, and they can look good in their ‘fight against crime’.
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How Bad Does It Get?
The truth, which this ‘war’ seems to ignore, is that getting convicted for drug possession can bar you from working in certain professions; prevent you from obtaining a scholarship or student loans; and restrict you from applying for decent housing, employment, or government provided benefits. A quick background check will bring up all your records, and failure to disclose information about a conviction can cause a host of other legal problems. On top of that, a conviction would force you to regularly report to a probation officer and perform random drug screenings that come with their own fees and costs.
If you do get caught possessing a drug, but had no intention of distributing or selling it, you can still get convicted of a trafficking charge if the drug weighs enough. Drug possession for sale is usually charged as a felony and leads to much harsher sentences.
The severity of a drug charge depends on:
* the amount of drugs that were found,
* the type of drug, and
* the person’s past record
What the Law Says
The state of Kansas takes a strict route when it comes to drug possession. It does not recognize marijuana used for medical purposes.
If this is your first offense, no matter what how much marijuana you possess, you will face misdemeanor charges. That’s up to one year in jail and fines reaching $2,500.
If this is your second or subsequent offense, the charge will come under felony, no matter how much marijuana you are caught with. This carries anywhere from 10 months to 3.5 years in prison, combined with fines of up to $100,000.
Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamines can carry multiple years behind bars, regardless of whether this is your first offense or not. As a felony, the charge will carry up to 3.5 years in prison and fines of $100,000.
Intention to distribute these drugs will carry decades of jail time.
The Swain Law Office Can Help
Drug possession charges often start with an unreasonable search and seizure of personal belongings by law enforcement officials. A team of attorneys which has a thorough understanding of the prosecution’s tactics, as well as the intricate legal maze, will be able to help you.
At the Swain Law Office, we take every charge seriously because we understand the significant impact it has on your life. Our priority is to ensure your rights were not violated and fight for the best possible result. With hundreds of successful drug cases dismissals under our belt, we have the experience to help you get out of this delicate situation.
Call or contact the Swain Law Office today for a free consultation. Do not wait for things to become better, and take action now. Appointments are available in jail, evenings, and even on the weekends.
*Disclaimer: The legal defense information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney-client relationship.