In the state of Connecticut, possessing, distributing, manufacturing, or selling drugs is illegal and can result in a drug crime. This can lead to significant consequences that can impact the offender for the rest of their life. These consequences can vary depending on the circumstances of the crime, including the type of substance in question as well as the quantity of it. When dealing with these matters, it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Connecticut criminal defense attorney at your side to defend your future.
Marijuana Laws in Connecticut
While many states across the country have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the state of Connecticut has not. However, low-level possession of the drug is not a major crime. The penalties for marijuana possession in Connecticut can include the following:
- 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
Other Drug Charges
Possessing other drugs in the state of Connecticut can result in their own consequences. This is dependent upon their classification under the federal drug sentencing guidelines. This categorizes controlled substances based on their potential for addiction and medical usage. The most serious drugs are Schedule I. This can include heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and more. Schedule II drugs 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?
With the assistance of an experienced attorney, offenders may be able to avoid jail time and other consequences. Some of the 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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Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.