Madison Drug Crime Attorney
Aggressive Defense Against Drug Charges in Madison County
Getting arrested for a drug crime in Mississippi is an emotionally overwhelming situation, especially if it is your first time facing criminal charges.
A conviction can lead to jail or prison time, fines, and a criminal record that can make certain things extremely difficult, such as:
Getting a Job
Finding a Place to Live
Or Living a Normal Life
That is why you must hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid serious criminal penalties and get your life back on the right path. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug crime, our Madison drug crime defense lawyers at The Coon Law Firm, PLLC, are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the most favorable result in their cases.
Our legal team has successfully tried numerous misdemeanor and felony jury trials, which means we understand what it takes to either get your entire case dismissed, obtain a not-guilty verdict, or reduce your charges/penalties to help you avoid spending time behind bars.
Drug Schedule Scale in Mississippi
Controlled substances in Mississippi are divided into five “schedules.” Schedule I narcotics are considered the most dangerous because they have a high probability of addiction and no medical value. On the other hand, Schedule V drugs have the least probability of abuse and have significant medical value.
Examples of Schedule I drugs include:
Examples of Schedule II narcotics include:
Examples of Schedule III drugs include:
Tylenol With Codeine
And Anabolic Steroids
Examples of Schedule IV Narcotics Include:
Examples of Schedule V drugs include:
Cough Medicine With Codeine
Drug Cases We Handle
Our firm handles the following types of drug crimes:
Manufacturing - Producing or cultivating an illegal substance.
Trafficking - Selling, transporting, or important a large amount of drugs.
Drug Dealing - Selling or distributing a relatively small amount of drugs.
Simple Possession of Controlled Substance - Possessing a small amount of drugs for personal use.
Possession With Intent to Distribute - Possessing a large amount of drugs for sale or distribution. Other signs the police look for include a weighing scale, small baggies, and a significant amount of cash.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Crimes in Mississippi?
Mississippi has strict drug laws and imposes harsh penalties for drug-related offenses. The penalties vary depending on the type of drug involved, the amount, and the specific circumstances of the offense. Here are some of the penalties for drug crimes in Mississippi:
First-Time Offense Possession of a Controlled Substance in Mississippi: Possession of of a Schedule I or II substance, such as heroin or cocaine, range from a misdemeanor to a 20-year felony, and a fine. The penalties are based on the amount of drugs the person has:
Less Than One-tenth of a Gram or Less Than 2 Dosage Units (a Tablet, Capsule, or 1 Milliliter of Liquid): Misdemeanor, up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fee
One-tenth of a Gram or More but Less Than 2 Grams, or 2 to 9 Dosage Units: Felony, up to 3 years in prison and $50,000 fine.
Two Grams or More, but Less Than 30 Grams, or 20 to 39 Dosage Units: Felony, 8 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine
Possession With Intent to Distribute: If you are caught with a significant amount of drugs, such as several ounces of marijuana or a large quantity of pills, you may be charged with possession with intent to distribute. This offense carries steeper penalties than simple possession, including up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
Drug Trafficking: Penalties for drug trafficking depend on the type and quantity of drugs involved. A conviction for drug trafficking can result in life imprisonment and fines of up to $1 million.
Manufacturing Drugs: Manufacturing drugs, such as methamphetamine or MDMA, is a felony in Mississippi. Penalties for drug manufacturing can range from three to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.
Prescription Drug Fraud: Prescription drug fraud includes forging or altering a prescription or obtaining prescription drugs through deception. Penalties for prescription drug fraud can range from one to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.
The severity of your penalties largely depends on the type of drug and how much of it you possessed at the time of the arrest.
While possessing a small amount of a certain narcotic is often charged as a misdemeanor, possession with intent to distribute, drug dealing, trafficking, and manufacturing can lead to felony drug charges. Due to the severity of such charges, it is in your best interest to hire our Madison drug crime defense attorneys to protect your rights and future.
Contact Our Madison Drug Crime Lawyer Today
At The Coon Law Firm, PLLC, we can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and determine if law enforcement officials violated your rights or if the prosecution’s case against you has any weaknesses. In addition, Mississippi courts understand that not all drug users are criminals but individuals who need help overcoming addiction.
That is why pre-trial diversion programs are available to give you the help necessary to break the habit, restore your life, and even get your charges dismissed. Let us help you overcome this trying time and ensure your bright future.