Any drug-related activity, including manufacture, marketing, distribution, possession or use of illegal drugs and drug-related equipment, is considered a major offense in the U.S., is punished with a jail term and huge fines, and is sure to imprint a mark which will negatively affect one’s life for many years to come.
Being charged or convicted of a criminal offense, especially one that is related to illegal drugs can ruin one’s career and entail lots of limits and inconveniences, including difficulty in finding a decent place to live in, failing to qualify for financial aid for college, restrictions on international travel, difficulty in obtaining a professional license, and getting unfavorable results on issues of child custody and visitation rights.
One specific kind of drug that has been prohibited in the US is cocaine, the second most widely used illegal drug in the U.S. (the first is marijuana or cannabis). Cocaine has been classified by the US Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as a Schedule II drug, a type of drug that has a high potential for abuse; doctors, however, may administer it to patients for certain medical reasons. (The CSA, which is Title II of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, is a federal drug policy that was signed into law by the US Congress in 1970; this policy aims to regulate the importation, manufacture, possession, distribution and use of different substances.)
A website called Brent Horst Attorney At Law says that a person can also get arrested and charged with a drug crime if he or she:
- is found in possession of a drug without a prescription;
- gives his or her prescription drugs to someone else and this other person is harmed due to a bad reaction of the drug;
- is found guilty of drug trafficking, which is characterized by the selling a of pills to someone else;
- forges or alters a prescription or steals blank prescription forms; and,
- drives under the influence of a prescription or illegal drug.
Substance abuse or drug-related crimes can have a long-term effect in any one’s life. A criminal charge as serious as one that involves drugs necessitates a very tough defense which may help save a person’s future from getting ruined. A person who has been charged but entrusts his or her court defense to an unexperienced criminal defense lawyer may very well close his door to a promising future. With a drug charge, it is either behind bars or a fulfilling life. A seasoned criminal defense lawyer may be able to help in making possible the latter.