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What Are The Consequences of Drug Crimes?

Drug crimes are on the rise in the United States. Drug use and criminality are related to each other due to the effects that these substances can have on the human body. According to the FBI annual Uniform Crime Reports, there were a total of 1,561,231 drug-related arrests in 2014. From that number, 83.1% representing 1,297,383 were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Drug crimes carries with it serious penalties and punishments. US states have strict laws when it comes to possession of drugs and other related crimes. In some states, the person who is arrested for drug possession may face jail time aside from fines. Most US states have a mandatory minimum sentence for drug possession. The average jail time can range from 30 to 40 months.

In addition, the arrested individual may also be required to render several hours of community service as a type of penance for their crime. A simple possession of small amounts of illegal drugs can subject the individual to a lengthy prison sentence and costly fines.

Individuals who are caught selling drugs will be subjected to harsher penalties compared to those caught for mere possession. There is a minimum sentence in all 50 US states. If they are caught selling drugs repeatedly, the prison sentence could range from 3, 6, or 9 years depending on the circumstance. Selling drugs to a minor will subjected the individual to a prison sentence of more than 10 years.

Smuggling drugs into the United States is considered a Federal offense and carries with it long mandatory sentences. The sad fact of the matter is that those who are caught smuggling drugs are not ruthless drug lords but average individuals who are desperate for money and willing to risk anything.

Drug crimes are governed by Federal and state laws and there is a huge difference in terms of the severity of penalties. Federal drug crimes carry harsher penalties and longer sentences while state laws tend to be shorter.

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