Drug Offenses in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut takes drug laws very seriously. An individual facing a charge of possession of illegal drugs may face life-changing penalties. Drug charges lead to severe consequences that have the potential to negatively affect a life forever. Penalties can change depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, but all penalties are strict. It is crucial to consult with a skilled attorney if you have been charged with drug possession.

Drug Crimes 

In the state of Connecticut, it is considered a crime to manufacture, possess, distribute, sell, or intend to sell a controlled substance. If an individual is found violating any of these laws, they may be charged with drug possession. This includes controlled substances such as narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana, or any other illegal drug.

Penalties for possession of a controlled substance may vary depending on the crime. They may range from hefty fines to significant jail time, including life imprisonment. Consequences may also include probation, a license suspension, completion of a drug abuse treatment program, installing an ignition interlock device, and community service. In addition to this, if an individual is found with illegal drugs within 1500 feet of a school or daycare center, they can face a mandatory jail sentence of 2 years.

Marijuana Charges

Laws regarding marijuana within the United States have been widely discussed and altered within recent years. While this may be true, it is not legal for recreational use in the state of Connecticut. When an individual is arrested for possession of marijuana, they are subject to face serious consequences. Those who violate this law may face from 1 to 25 years in jail depending on if it is their first offense or a subsequent one. Depending on the offense, the individual may also face up to $5000 in fines.

While marijuana is not legal for recreational use, Connecticut allowed the dispensation of medical marijuana to patients in 2012. Since then, patients may qualify for a temporary registration certificate if they are receiving medical treatment for a debilitating condition.

Alternative Options to Trial

When an individual is facing a drug possession charge, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your team. This is because they will work to find alternative options to avoid prosecution. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, individuals may qualify for other diversionary programs. This may include:

  • Supervised diversionary programs
  • Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation programs
  • Pre-trial Drug Education programs
  • Pre-trial Alcohol Education programs
  • Youthful Offender programs
  • Community Service Labor programs
  • Treatment of drug or alcohol dependent offenders
  • Drug Intervention Program

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know is facing a drug possession charge and wishes to speak with an experienced attorney, contact The Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman today.

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to set up a free initial consultation for matters, related to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.

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