New Britain Drug Possession Arrest: Understanding the Difference Between Misdemeanor and Felony Crimes

No matter who you are or what drug is involved, being charged and convicted with drug possession in Connecticut is a serious event. That being said, the penalties you will face if you are indeed convicted depend upon the amount of the drug involved, as well as the type of drug involved. If you have been arrested for drug possession in New Britain, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony crime. The following takes a look at the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony.  Contact the team at The APEX Law Firm, LLC to learn more.

Infractions and Misdemeanors

An infraction is the least serious crime with which a person can be charged. In Connecticut, there is one drug possession crime that is an infraction: possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana. An infraction is punishable by a fine of $150 and a license suspension of 60 days if the convicted person is under 21 years old.

If a person is in possession of more than ½ ounce of marijuana, the crime is classified as a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to three months in prison, a fine of $500, or both. If the person possesses marijuana with the intent to deliver it, the crime is increased to a Class A misdemeanor.

Drug Possession Arrest and Felony Charges

If a person is arrested due to the possession of certain drugs, they may have felony charges pressed against them. The possession of four ounces of marijuana or more, as well as the possession of any amount of a hallucinogen, is classified as a Class D felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years. This is also true for the possession of any other illegal drug that a person is found to be in possession of in an amount that is more than ½ ounce (besides marijuana).

The possession of narcotics – such as heroin and cocaine – is also harshly punished. The penalty for possession of these drug types is a seven-year prison term for a first offense, a fine up to $500,000, or both.

Why You Should Work with a New Britain Drug Possession Lawyer

When you are arrested for drug possession in Hartford County, the first thing that you should do is call an attorney. As you can see based on the information above, the difference between an infraction, misdemeanor, and felony crime is significant – an attorney can help you to understand your rights from the get go, and can advocate to have charges against you reduced to protect you from years in prison.

An attorney can also help you to build a defense – such as that the drugs are not really yours, or that the drugs were illegally seized – to help you fight back against drug possession charges.

At The APEX Law Firm, LLC, our experienced drug possession and criminal defense attorneys understand that your life is on the line. Do not fail to take action, nor try to represent yourself on your own – the consequences could be devastating. Instead, contact our aggressive legal team today. Your initial consultation is always free, and we will make sure your information is kept 100 percent confidential.  Call our Hartford County office at (860) 900-0900 or contact us online.