Drug Crimes FAQ
Drug crimes are simply that. Anyone arrested for possessing illegal drugs in New Hampshire can be charged under the state's Controlled Drug Act. This includes possession and distributing charges for a range of drugs including marijuana, heroin, synthetic marijuana (or as it is called on the streets, spice); methamphetamine, crack cocaine, cocaine and prescription drugs, which include most opioid drugs.
These can be serious charges that bring big penalties, which include fines and/or prison time.What About Marijana?
Lawmakers in New Hampshire and many other states across the nation have agreed to reduce the penalties for anyone who is found with small amounts of marijuana. If police catch you with up to three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana, they can issue a violation rather than charge you with a misdemeanor. A violation typically comes with a $100 fine.
But that doesn't excuse everything. As criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone will tell you, you can still be arrested on drug charges if you are caught with larger amounts of weed.
New Hampshire was among the last states in New England to decriminalize marijuana.How About Other Drugs?
In New Hampshire it is illegal to possess, manufacture, sell or distribute the following drugs, or controlled substances: marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and many other drugs. If you are found guilty, you may be sent to prison or be given probation, or even be ordered to go to rehabilitation. This always depends on the circumstances of your case and is the main reason you should immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested.
Michael Anzalone in Nashua, New Hampshire, is very experienced in representing clients who've been charged with drug violations. He can also represent you whether your case is being tried in federal or state court.How Do You Craft a Defense for a Drug Arrest?
Again, this is why you want a highly skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Michael Anzalone will review all the discovery in the case and work with you to decide how strong the case against you is. If the state has a solid case against you, he may recommend that you make a plea deal with prosecutors. That means that you agree to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for a lighter sentence.
A successful plea deal could save you from jail and from paying thousands in fines and fees. Keep in mind, however, that a judge or prosecutors could require that you go to a rehabilitation facility if they feel you are addicted to the drugs. This is usually out of your own pocket.
If your case goes to court, you could face the risk of prison time. Judges don't often take mercy on defendants who have been in and out of the drug courts, so you will want to seek your attorney's guidance here.
If you are facing drug charges in New Hampshire, you will want to schedule a free consultation today with Michael Anzalone.