Connecticut: Treating heroin possession harshly

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2022 | Criminal Defense

If you’re accused of possessing heroin in Connecticut, you should know that your case is extremely serious. Possessing an illegal drug can lead to harsh penalties. Depending on how much you had in your possession, you could also be accused of intending to transport those drugs or sell them, and both accusations could lead to even more significant charges.

The penalties for heroin possession are high even when you don’t have much. That’s why you need to develop a strong defense if you face accusations. Your defense could help you avoid heavy fines or time in jail or prison.

The penalties for heroin possession in Connecticut

The current penalties for first offense heroin possession are:

  • Up to seven years in jail/prison
  • Up to $50,000 in fines

If you have a history of offenses, then you could face up to 15 years behind bars and $100,000 in fines.

For a third offense, the jail or prison time increases to up to 25 years with fines of up to $250,000.

Possession charges in Connecticut, as you can see, have the potential to leave to penalties that could completely change your life. The penalties are even more severe for those accused of selling drugs, starting with up to 15 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines for a first offense.

Why is having a defense important in a drug case?

One of the bigger issues with these cases is that it is possible for the charges to compound and add up to even more significant penalties. For example, you may initially be charged with heroin possession, but if there is enough evidence to push for a trafficking or sale charge, the potential penalties will increase. Other charges, like charges for theft or carrying a weapon, could also be added on, making this case one that could foreseeably restrict your lift for many years into the future.

You deserve an opportunity to defend yourself and fight the charges. With a good defense, you may be able to get the case dropped or the charges lessened, so you face only fair consequences for whatever actions you did take.

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