The laws governing illegal and prescription drugs are tough in Utah.
So are the possible penalties for breaking those laws. For example, if police find you in possession of a prescription medication without your name on it, you can be charged with a drug offense. This could be even if you were just taking it over to a friend who left it at your house.
Drug charges can affect many areas of a person’s life, including jobs, personal relationships, and even housing. A conviction could also impact someone’s eligibility to receive government assistance, such as food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Drug charges can also result in a driver’s license suspension for six months.
This is even if the charges did not stem from a driving offense. Charges for manufacturing or sales may have mandatory minimum sentences. If the alleged drug crime occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, hospital, park or other place where children congregate, then the penalties are increased.
Those who are charged with federal drug crimes, such as trafficking, distribution or manufacturing, also face significant federal prison time. This time generally must be served in totality, as there is reduced time for good behavior.
Those who are charged with drug crimes need an aggressive defense strategy.
We understand the importance of providing each client with a strong, effective defense. From handling bond and bail hearings, to asset forfeiture hearings, to appeals, we are ready to provide experienced legal representation. In order to learn more about Utah drug charges and possible penalties, please visit our drug offenses webpage.
While this website provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. To schedule a meeting with an attorney, please call or complete the intake form below.
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