When facing criminal charges of any kind, especially for the first time, you may not know what to expect from the process. Drug crimes, for instance, may have different implications depending on various factors.
Familiarize yourself with some of the reasons why some drug crimes get a more serious look from the judge than others.
What kind of substance was it?
One of the leading reasons for the seriousness of drug charges is the type of substance found. There are different classes of drugs, from Schedule I to V. The higher the likelihood of abuse and addiction, the lower the schedule. For instance, cough medicine with less than 200 milligrams of codeine is in Schedule V. LSD has no medicinal use and a high addiction rate; thus, it falls in the Schedule I classification.
How much did the police find?
The more of a substance the police find, the more likely you will face harsher charges. Sometimes, the amount may rise to trafficking or distribution. If the police discover other items, such as baggies or scales, that lend to a dealing situation, the charge is much more serious.
How did they find it?
The police have a procedure to follow when uncovering evidence you committed a crime. If an officer searches your person or property without your consent, you may have the standing to challenge the search. A warrant is the only surefire tool the police have to make any evidence they find stand up to challenge in court.
Someone representing you in court can help you challenge the charges and settle on a better outcome than trying to battle through the convoluted and confusing process alone.