Drug related crimes can vary tremendously. There are so many offenses that will fall under this category. Drug crimes in Connecticut has increased which means a lot more drugs are in our state. These drugs can wreak havoc on our state due to the way people can and often do abuse drugs. If you have been arrested, or someone you know has been arrested, for a drug related crime, contact Atomic Bail Bonds at (860) 982-4661 and let us help you get yourself or your loved one back home. We do not judge anyone because they have committed a crime. Our agents are professional and courteous people waiting to help you in your time of need. We understand these can be stressful issues to deal with. We are on your side and ready to help you.
Some crimes that fall under drug related crimes are possession with intent to sell or distribute, simple possession, distribution, sale, manufacturing, and cultivation of illegal substances. Illegal substances in Connecticut are marijuana (unless it is medicinal), cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, LSD, PCP, psilocybin (a hallucinogen) and GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate. GHB is legal in the United States of America but only in a government approved clinical trial for narcolepsy. Medicinal marijuana was legalized in the state of Connecticut back in 2012. If you claim marijuana as medicinal, you will have to prove that you registered with the state of Connecticut. To do this, you must see a physician and they must diagnose you and recommend marijuana as a prescription. This is the only legal way you can possess and use marijuana in the state of Connecticut.
Marijuana use in the state of Connecticut is not legal as recreational use. If you have on you less than a half an ounce of marijuana, you will face a fine of up to $150 if you are a first-time offender. If you are a second-time offender, you can face a fine of up to $500. If you have more than a half an ounce on you of marijuana, that is considered a misdemeanor. The charge for that is up to one (1) year in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. If you get arrested for possession drugs within 1,500 feet of a school or daycare, you can face up to two (2) years in jail and numerous fees and fines. Consequences of possession also are based on the classification of the drug under the federal drug sentencing guidelines. This is what separates the drugs into categories based on their potential for addiction and what they are or could be used for medically.
Schedule One drugs are the most serious drugs. Drugs in this category are heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote and more. Schedule Two drugs are a little less serious than schedule one and can include methadone, codeine, opium, morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Schedule Three drugs have more of a medical use and can include testosterone, anabolic steroids, ketamine and many more. Based on the drug you are caught with and how much of it you have on you will determine your level of offense, the amount of jail time you may face and the number of fines and fees you will be responsible to pay for. If you have been granted a bail bond, contactAtomic Bail Bonds today at (860) 982-4661. We will help get you home so you can get on the right path again.
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When you have been arrested for a drug related crime, a lawyer will be appointed to you or you have the right to obtain your own at your own cost. There are ways your lawyer can argue your case to help you win your argument. The 4th Amendment is one of your rights against unlawful search and seizure of your home and vehicle. You have the right to refuse the search! Unfortunately, the officer can still execute a search if they have probable cause. You refusing the search protects you from incriminating yourself as guilty. Once you do that, your lawyer cannot help you. If you do not incriminate yourself, your lawyer can argue that the evidence against you was unlawfully obtained and cannot be used against you. The opposing council will have to prove that the drugs are yours and not someone else’s that was in the vehicle at the time of the search and seizure of the evidence.
In some instances, you may be able to avoid going to jail for a drug related crime. If your attorney argued your case and you were sent to a diversion program, take it! These programs are a wonderful way to stay out of jail, turn your life around and hopefully you will not get rearrested for another drug related crime. Some diversion programs in the state of Connecticut that are helpful are:
- 1. Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation programs
- 2. Supervised diversion programs
- 3. Pre-trial drug education programs
- 4. Community service programs
- 5. Youth offender programs
- 6. Community service labor programs
- 7. Drug intervention assistance programs
- 8. Drug dependent treatment of offenders instead of jail time
If you, a friend or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a drug related crime in the state of Connecticut, Atomic Bail Bonds can help you get them home. Contact our professional agents at Atomic Bail Bonds today at (860) 982-4661. We have been fully trained to deal with any situation that may arise. We will remain professional and non-judgmental throughout the entire process. We are on your side.