Since President Richard Nixon’s declaration of the United States’ “War on Drugs” in 1971, the percentage of incarcerated Americans with charges of drug crimes, including possession and drug trafficking, has been steadily rising. There is a clear distinction, however, between possessing an illegal substance and attempting to distribute the substance, but this distinction is sometimes blurred by authorities.
If you have on your person or within your control an illegal substance, that may be classified as possession. The penalties for drug possession can range from a small fine to time served in prison depending on the amount and classification of the drug. Although cocaine, methamphetamines, heroine, and many other illegal drugs are frequently found in the United States, one of the most commonly reported drug possession arrests is for marijuana. You may also be charged with the intent to sell known as distribution based on the amount of drugs found.
Possessing and distributing drugs and drug paraphernalia is commonly defined as drug trafficking. Penalties for the illegal sale of drugs in the United States varies depending on the type of drugs, amount of drugs found, and if you are charged under state or federal law.
Patrick J. Martinez & Associates is dedicated to preserving justice and the rights of United States citizens. They are also committed to defending the constitutional rights of those accused of drug crimes in New Mexico. If you have been charged with drug possession or drug trafficking, contact Patrick J. Martinez & Associates. Our New Mexico criminal defense attorneys will listen to your side of the story, investigate the circumstances of the arrest to ensure you have not been overcharged, and defend your innocence at trial. Attorney Martinez truly believes in his clients’ innocence and will work tirelessly to prove it.