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7 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Criminal Defense Case

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Connecticut Drug Possession Lawyer

Connecticut drug possession laws are very serious, and the punishments can be strict. Any criminal conviction can follow you for the rest of your life and affect your future opportunities in countless ways. As an experienced Connecticut drug possession lawyer I know how to challenge drug possession charges, giving you every opportunity to avoid a criminal record or minimize the penalties you may face if you plead guilty.

How a Connecticut Drug Possession Lawyer Can Help After a Drug Possession Arrest

Having an attorney represent you after a drug possession arrest can mean the difference between prison and a second chance at a clean life. As a Connecticut drug possession lawyer, I can advise you about whether you should speak with the police. I can also review the circumstances of your case, making sure that police had reasonable suspicion to stop you or probable cause to search you. If you were subjected to a search warrant, I can also make sure that warrant was properly supported by probable cause and that police executed their search according to the terms of that warrant.

Even if the state has solid evidence to support the charges against you, I can advocate on your behalf to seek an alternative disposition of your case, working with the court to determine your eligibility for drug education and treatment programs rather than serving a sentence in prison. I’m also prepared to argue on your behalf to obtain a fair, reduced sentence under a plea agreement or upon sentencing after a conviction.

Drug Possession Penalties in Connecticut

Marijuana possession in Connecticut was decriminalized for quantities under half an ounce. But prosecutions for more than 1/2 ounce are still common and can be harsh.

Possession of Marijuana carries the following penalties under Connecticut law if you are found guilty:

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA PENALTIES FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE
UNDER 1/2 OZ $150 fine Up to a $500 fine
1/2 OZ TO 4 OZ Up to 1 year in jail
Up to a $1000 fine
Up to 5 years in jail
Up to a $3000 fine
4OZ OR MORE Up to 5 year in jail
Up to a $2000 fine
Up to 10 years in jail
Up to a $5000 fine

Substances classified as hallucinogens under the statutes include:

  • LSD/acid
  • Molly/MMDA/ecstasy
  • PCP/angel dust
  • Mescaline

Possession of Hallucinogenic Drugs carries with it the following penalties if you are found guilty:

POSSESSION OF DANGEROUS HALLUCINOGENS – PENALTIES FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE
Up to 5 year in jail
Up to a $2000 fine
Up to 10 years in jail
Up to a $5000 fine

Substances classified as narcotics under the statutes include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Crack cocaine

Possession of Narcotics is a specific criminal drug possession class that includes, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. Narcotics possession carries the stiffest possible drug possession penalties under Connecticut law. The penalties if you are found guilty are:

POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS – PENALTIES FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OFFENSE THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE
  Up to 7 years in jail
Up to a $50,000 fine
Up to 15 years in jail
Up to a $100,000 fine
Up to 25 years in jail
Up to a $250,000 fine

Possession of any other illegal controlled substance has the following penalties:

FIRST OFFENSE SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE
POSSESSION OF ALL OTHER DRUGS/ CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES –  PENALTIES Up to 1 year in jail
Up to a $1000 fine
Up to 5 years in jail
Up to a $3000 fine

 

Possession of Drugs in a School Zone

If you are charged with possession of illegal drugs within 1500 feet of a school or day care center, there is a mandatory 2-year jail sentence for possession of drugs within a school zone, in addition to any other penalties listed here.

You can be charged with a school zone violation, even if you had no idea you were in a school zone. You could be inside an apartment that happens to be next to a school, and be facing a mandatory 2 years in jail.

I can dispute the proximity, to a school, day care center, park, or other zone, with expert testimony. I could get an investigator to measure the distance exactly and testify to that fact in court if I believe you were outside of that legal zone.

A school zone drug possession violation, under Connecticut law, must be served consecutively with any other sentence.

How to Beat Your Connecticut Drug Possession Charge

There are a wide variety of ways to fight and win a drug possession criminal case in Connecticut. A common successful tactic is to challenge the search and file a motion of illegal search and seizure. The police do not have the right to search your person, car, or home without a warrant, or a reasonable suspicion that you might be in possession of illegal drugs. If they do so, the results of the search must be thrown out, and the case dismissed.

For minor charges, such as a first offense possession of marijuana charge, the prosecution will often agree to a “nolle” or nolo prosequi, which means “no prosecution.” The terms of a nolle are the prosecutor drops the case, and if you do not get charged with another crime in the next 13 months, the charge is dropped and removed from the court records.  If you do get in trouble during that 13 months, the prosecutor can refile the original charge, and the consequences may be much more serious.

In many drug cases there are other alternative dispositions available for 1st offense drug possession charges, such as drug education and community service labor program. The drug education and community service labor program involves working for at least 2 and up to 30 days on projects such as cleaning up trash in the community. You can usually pick your own community service. I can discuss these and work out a deal that you can live with, and that will give you a chance to get your charges dismissed after you are able to complete these programs.

These are just a few examples of how I might defend drug possessions charges, but it really depends on the facts of the case. Call me for a consultation, and I’ll let you know what I can do for you.

Contact a Connecticut Drug Possession Attorney Today for a Consultation

If you’ve been arrested and charged with drug possession in Connecticut, contact me, Erin Field, for immediate assistance. Exercise your right to remain silent until you have consulted with me. I have a 100% success rate for first-time offenders.

Connecticut Drug Possession Statutes

CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
Penalties for Illegal PossessionCGS § Sec. 21a-279Misdemeanor/Felony
Illegal Possession of Small Amount of CannabisCGS § Sec. 21a-279aMisdemeanor
Penalty for Use, Possession, or Delivery of Drug ParaphernaliaCGS § Sec. 21a-267Class C misdemeanor (up to 3 months)
Narcotics PossessionCGS § Sec. 21a-279Felony
Possession of Dangerous Hallucinogens or at Least 4 oz. of MarijuanaCGS § Sec. 21a-279Felony
Possession of Illegal Drugs within 1,500 Feet of a School
CGS § Sec. 21a-279Felony (2 years)

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