Utah strictly enforces its drug laws. Many of these laws carry harsh and mandatory penalties, even for simple misdemeanors like a possession. Enhanced penalties may apply, depending upon the circumstances of the initial charge or whether you have a prior drug-related record. What you might believe to be a minor case of marijuana possession could lead to felony charges and significantly related penalties. It is essential to involve an attorney as soon as possible to protect your constitutional rights and freedom.
An experienced criminal defense attorney at Pearson Butler may be able to protect your rights. For insight into the specifics of your case, call (800) 265-2314.
Drug Crime Penalties in Utah
Drug crime penalties are extremely complicated issues. A mess of drug classifications, amounts, and enhancements make navigating such a case an extremely difficult challenge for anyone other than an experienced lawyer.
- If you have 2 prior drug possession convictions, even for very small amounts, your next charge can be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the Utah State Prison.
- A conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, i.e. a small pipe or bong, carries many of the same penalties as marijuana possession.
- Virtually any type of drug crime conviction will result in a 6-month driver’s license suspension.
- Certain controlled substances will immediately escalate drug charges to felonies. MDMA (ecstasy) possession, for example, is a third-degree felony – even for a first offense.
Involve an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Early
Drug charges can be beaten, but it will take a skilled criminal defense lawyer who understands precisely how to challenge evidence, witness testimony, and other aspects of the prosecuting attorney’s case against you. Your constitutional rights are a crucial part of every defense strategy and many people, even police officers, don’t fully understand them. Meticulous planning and a careful investigation can reveal violations of your rights in Utah that lead to reduced charges, an acquittal, or even a dismissal.
Contact Pearson Butler for a confidential consultation. Don’t be pressured by a system stacked against you. Talk to an attorney who can offer insight regarding your rights and options.