What are the Drug Laws in Connecticut?

The state of Connecticut maintains certain drug laws that, if violated, can result in significant consequences. Violations can include drug crimes such as the possession, distribution, manufacturing, or selling or drugs. The consequences a person may face can vary depending on the circumstances of the crime, such as the type of drug and the quantity. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney for help protecting your future.

What are Connecticut’s Marijuana Laws?

While there are many states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, it is still illegal in Connecticut. While this is true, low-level possession of the drug is not a major crime. The consequences of marijuana possession in the state can include:

  • Possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana is a civil penalty with a maximum fine of $150 for first-time offenders
  • Possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana is a civil penalty with a maximum fine of $500 for second or subsequent offenders
  • Possession of more than ½ ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can result in up to 1 year of incarceration and a maximum fine of $2,000
  • Possession of illegal drugs within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare center can result in a mandatory jail sentence of two years in addition to other drug sentences

What Are Other Drug Charges?

Another serious drug crime in the state of Connecticut is possession. This can result in consequences that are dependent upon the drug’s classification under the federal drug sentencing guidelines. This categorizes controlled substances based on their potential for addiction as well as possible medical usage. Schedule I drugs are among the most serious drugs. This can include heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and more. Schedule II drugs are less serious and can include methadone, morphine, codeine, opium, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and more. Schedule III drugs can include ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone, and more.

What are Diversionary Programs?

When those faced with drug crimes retain the services of an experienced attorney, it is possible that they can avoid jail time and additional consequences. Some diversionary programs that an attorney may help offenders be admitted to can include:

  • Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation programs
  • Supervised diversionary programs
  • Pre-trial drug education programs
  • Community service labor programs
  • Youthful offender programs
  • Treatment of drug-dependent offenders instead of prosecution
  • Community service
  • Drug Intervention Program

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