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Having a lawyer is crucial when facing distribution drug crimes

Little Rock residents and those throughout Arkansas who find themselves under investigation and arrested for drug crimes should know the difference in charges and penalties between possession and distribution. While there are penalties for people who are caught with certain amounts of drugs whether it is for their own use or for low-level sale, people who are charged with distribution will face harsher penalties. In any case, having legal assistance is a must.

This is applicable for something that is seen to be relatively innocuous amid debates of legalization like marijuana and harder drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. For those who are charged with drug distribution -- also known as drug trafficking -- there are certain levels the person will have in his or her possession to warrant the charges. With methamphetamine or cocaine, the person will be charged with trafficking if they have 0.44 pounds (200 grams) or more. For heroin, LSD, peyote and any drug that is Schedule I or II apart from cocaine and methamphetamine, it is also 0.44 pounds or 200 grams.

Drugs that might not considered "hard" drugs or dangerous to the user and the community like steroids, stimulants and depressants and other Schedule III drugs will lead to drug trafficking charges if the person has 0.88 pounds (400 grams) or more. Prescription stimulants or depressants like ephedrine, codeine or other Schedule IV or V drugs will result in drug trafficking charges if there is 1.76 pounds (800 grams) or more. For marijuana and Schedule VI substances, it is 500 pounds or more for a trafficking charge.

In the state, being charged with drug trafficking is a Class Y felony. It can result in a jail sentence of 10 to 40 years with a conviction. It is also imperative to bear in mind that there is a difference between drug manufacture and drug delivery. The penalties will reflect that. When arrested and charged with drug crimes related to trafficking, having a law firm that is experienced in helping clients lodge a defense against these charges is crucial and a lawyer should be called for help immediately.

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