When it comes to punishing drug possession, the State of Connecticut can be harsh. While the State of Connecticut has relaxed its stance on certain drug related offenses, it remains a fairly tough state when dealing with drug crimes on the whole. In this post, we will discuss the potential penalties for drug possession in Connecticut; we will look at the three primary drug categories and the corresponding punishments for each category. For the sake of simplicity, we will look at potential penalties for simple possession. We won’t dive into the things which can complicate a case of simple possession, such as possession in a school zone.
Category #1: Marijuana
As mentioned, Connecticut has actually relaxed its position on marijuana to some degree. For quantities of less than ½ ounce, marijuana possession is no longer a criminal offense. However, possession of quantities greater than ½ ounce is still a criminal offense and can carry stiff penalties (including jail time).
Let’s look at the potential penalties for possession of marijuana; these penalties break down according to quantity: (1) for quantities of less than ½ ounce, the penalty for a first offense is $150, and for a second offense it’s up to $500 (but no jail time); (2) for quantities between ½ ounce and 4 ounces, the penalties for a first offense can be either up to 1 year in jail, or up to $1,000, and for a second offense the penalties can be up to 5 years in jail or up to $3,000; (3) for quantities of greater than 4 ounces, the penalties for a first offense can be either up to 5 years in jail or up to $2,000, and for a second offense the penalties can be either up to 10 years in jail or up to $5,000.
Category #2: Hallucinogenic Drugs
The next category of drugs is referred to as “hallucinogenic drugs.” This category includes several types of substances. These substances are considered to be somewhat more dangerous or more serious than marijuana. Consequently, the potential penalties for possession are harsher for small quantities of these substances. In fact, the penalties for possession of these substances are the same for all quantities. This category includes the following substances: LSD, ecstasy, PCP, and mescaline.
For a first offense, possession of any of these substances, regardless of quantity, can be penalized by up to 5 years in jail or up to $2,000. For a second offense, possession is punishable by up to 10 years in jail or up to $5,000.
Category #3: Narcotics
The third and final category we will look at is referred to as narcotics. Like the category of hallucinogens, narcotics includes several kinds of substances: heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. Like possession of hallucinogens, possession of narcotics is punishable without reference to the quantity possessed by the offender. Narcotics are considered the most serious illegal substances in Connecticut, and consequently possession of these substances carries the harshest penalties. For a first offense, penalties can be either up to 7 years in jail or $50,000, for second offenses the penalties can be up to 15 years in jail or up to $100,000; and, for third offenses, the penalties can be up to 25 years in jail or up to $250,000.
Contact a Connecticut Lawyer for More Information
As you can see, the State of Connecticut treats possession offenses very seriously. Drug possession crimes are not handled gently, and for this reason you need to obtain adequate counsel if you need assistance in this area. If you’d like more information about drug possession penalties in our state, or if you have a case involving possession, reach out to Apex Law Firm today for more information. Drug related charges can be very scary. Be sure to obtain good counsel to help you navigate the system and produce the best possible outcome for yourself.