Drug Possession Crimes

Drug possession is a federal and state crime with a wide range of penalties, although these penalties depend on each state. Simple drug possessions tend to have the lightest penalties, while drug possession with intent to distribute can have heavier penalties. Since 1986, federal lawmakers have mandated a minimum mandatory sentence; although in the end it depends on which state you have been caught with the offense.

There are factors that can affect the penalties for drug possession. These factors are past criminal records, the amount of drugs, and the type of drugs in possession. The possibility of distribution can also affect the penalties for drug possession. Presently, drug possession is the leading cause of arrests in the United States, costing too much time from the police force and a huge amount of money from the government.