Getting arrested for a drug crime in Connecticut may be frightening and confusing, especially since some of the state’s laws about controlled substances are complicated. Sometimes, the severity of charges and penalties may vary depending on the type of drug, the amount you have or the location where your arrest occurred. At Beebe and O’Neil, we understand the detailed nature of the state’s drug laws and have helped many clients react to criminal charges.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch provides details on the state’s laws relating to drug possession and distribution. You may face charges for selling, manufacturing, transporting or giving away controlled substances. In certain circumstances, the quantity of the controlled substance may affect the penalties. There may be other factors that affect drug-related criminal charges as well. For example, you may face more severe penalties for possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school than for possession in another location.
In some cases, the law treats marijuana differently than other drugs. Connecticut’s marijuana laws have unique rules relating to medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Though several states have decriminalized this substance, Connecticut still considers possession of recreational marijuana to be a crime. However, if you have less than one-half of an ounce of marijuana in your possession, you may simply get a fine rather than a criminal charge. If you have a greater quantity of marijuana, you may face a Class A misdemeanor with potential penalties including a fine and jail time.
Connecticut has harsh penalties for drug crimes relating to illicit substances, such as heroin, and prescription drugs, such as OxyContin. The circumstances of your arrest for drug crimes may influence the following legal proceedings. More information about this topic is available on our website.