What are Drug & Narcotics Offenses?
Drug and Narcotics Offenses are prosecuted at state and federal courts across the country. The war on drugs is never-ending. Accordingly, the government continues to step up its investigation and prosecution of drug offenders. Tools of these investigations include visual surveillance, undercover officers posing as drug dealers and/or customers, confidential informants, motor vehicle stops and searches, wiretapped phones communications, cellphone call and text message history, cellular site data, search warrants, internet surveillance, pole cameras, drug detection dogs, GPS physical tracking and location and more. Because of the increasingly sophisticated investigation methods used to fight drug trafficking, criminal drug prosecutions are at staggeringly high numbers. Similarly, successfully defending against drug prosecutions is more complex than even and requires very experienced legal counsel.
Individuals involved in drug dealing are targeted and prosecuted by the government at all levels. This begins with international criminal organizations responsible for bringing drugs or narcotics into the United States, large national level suppliers or traffickers operating within our borders, regional level suppliers, state and city-wide dealers, mid-level dealers, street level dealers, and even end users. Law enforcement often takes a top-down approach to drug interdiction by coordinating their investigations among local, state and federal authorities to target and apprehend individuals at top levels of drug trafficking networks and organizations. Alternatively, the bottom-up approach is also widely used. This approach targets drug users and low-level dealers who, after being arrested, may be turned into informants who lead police to their higher-level dealers further up the drug supply chain.
Criminal charges and related sentences for drug offenses are dependent upon the type of drug(s) and quantity involved. For instance, possessing small quantities of less serious drugs such as marijuana are misdemeanor offenses. In some jurisdictions, possessing up to one ounce or less of marijuana is only considered a civil or non-criminal violation. Alternatively, drugs offenses involving cocaine, heroin and/or fentanyl, regardless of quantity, and larger quantities of marijuana or illegal prescription medications are felonies. Felony drug offenses are often tied to mandatory minimum jail sentences for convicted offenders.
Being charged with a Drug or Narcotics Offense may have serious collateral consequences. These may include denial of public housing, financial aid to attend school, the ability to serve in the military or armed forces, various employment opportunities and in some states, a license to operate a motor vehicle. If an offender has children, a Drug or Narcotics Offense charge may also implicate state agencies such as the Department of Child Services (DCS) or Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). These agencies may initiate independent investigations to consider the welfare of a child or children who may have been exposed to a parent who is either abusing or dealing illegal drugs. This could lead to the removal of a child or children from the household or limiting or restricting parental rights. A Drug or Narcotics Offense of any type is a serious matter. Therefore, if you have been charged with a Drug or Narcotics Offense, it is important to seek legal representation immediately in order to protect your rights and minimize the impact that a charge of his nature may have on your life.
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Learn more about specific drug & narcotics offenses below:
- Manufacturing of Drugs or Narcotics
- Illegal Search and Seizure
- Unlawful Marijuana Cultivation
- Marijuana Offenses
- Medical Marijuana Act Violations
If you have been charged with drug or narcotics offense and need representation, contact the RI defense attorneys at Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.