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Misdemeanor Versus Felony Drug Arrests

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In drug arrest cases in Jackson and around the nation, there is a fine line between misdemeanor and felony drug charges.

The difference between these two types of charges can impact the rest of your life, so if you’re facing any type of drug arrest, it’s essential to speak with a criminal defense attorney who has proven drug case experience as soon as possible.

When it comes to classifying drug charges into either misdemeanor or felony offences, it’s all about the type of drug involved and the amount. But experienced attorneys like those at Coxwell & Associates can often leverage their vast experience to resolve cases that might otherwise be felonies as misdemeanors.

Listed below are some of the different amounts and charges associated with some of the more common illicit drugs.

Types of drug charges

  • Less than 30 grams of marijuana is a misdemeanor
  • Less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit of cocaine can be a felony or misdemeanor
  • Less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit of crystal meth can be a felony or misdemeanor
  • Less than 0.1 grams or one dosage unit of ecstasy can be a felony or misdemeanor.

Additional Charges Associated with Drug Arrests

Often, we see a variety of additional charges associated with the original drug arrest. Paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor, covers anything from rolling papers or pipes to syringes or other drug-use related items.

It is ironic that possession of paraphernalia carries up to six (6) months in jail and a $1,000.00 fine, while less than an ounce of marijuana only carries a small fine. Also, depending upon how much of what substance you’re being charged with, you could also be slapped with an ‘intent to distribute’ charge.

The law decides how much of each substance is considered for ‘personal use,’ and anything over that amount can get you in hot water with ‘intent to distribute’ charges, whether you actually intended to distribute or not.

After a Jackson Misdemeanor or Felony Drug Charge

After any type of drug charge, it’s important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney with the skills and experience to fight your case. Lots of attorneys advertise on their website that they have experience, but the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates show you the types of cases they have handled.

They are known throughout Mississippi as tough, intelligent, and respected attorneys. If convicted of a misdemeanor drug charge, you could be facing fines and up to one year in jail. If convicted of a felony drug charge, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines, depending upon the unique circumstances of your individual case.

If you or somebody you love has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor or felony drug charges in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.