Drug charges (Utah Code 58-37-8) usually facing our clients are ones involving illegal drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamines. We also see prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and methamphetamines. A person can be charged with selling illegal drugs, simple drug possession, trafficking drugs, manufacturing a controlled substance, and growing marijuana.
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The amount and types of illegal drugs involved can determine the seriousness of the charges.
Marijuana is not as serious as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamines. Were the drugs intended for personal use or to sell? This is all taken into consideration when charges are being filed against you. Being in possession of a drug is typically worse than just having the paraphernalia.
The severity of the punishment can be determined if a person with a prior criminal record has been charged again.
A person with no prior charges or a first-time offender will face less severe charges than a person with a prior criminal record for the same charges. Charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies.
Penalties for drug crime convictions can be serious and include fines, jail or prison time, loss of driver’s license, seizure of all assets, and drug treatment. This is why it is so important to get the right criminal defense attorney.