Drug charges are taken very seriously in New Hampshire. A drug charge can lead to high fines, jail time, and a felony record that can impact all areas of your life. If you have been charged with possession of controlled drugs, you need to understand the possible penalties and your defense options. Tenn And Tenn, P.A. is a NH Criminal defense Law firm that will review the details of your case and fight to protect you from the negative impact of a possession charge.
Drug Possession Penalties
Drug Possession Penalties under NH law depend on the type of drug, the amount, and the intent of the person in possession of a controlled drug. In New Hampshire, drugs are classified according to their addictive nature. Marijuana is considered the mildest class of controlled drugs and the penalties for possession are vastly different than the penalties for more addictive and dangerous drugs. Possession of marijuana is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possession of other drugs can be a felony charge and is punishable by up to seven years in State prison and a $25,000 fine. A second offense possession charge can lead to a class B felony charge that may result in up to 15 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Possession of controlled drugs can lead to harsher penalties if intent to sell is charged. Intent to sell increases the fines and possible jail time of a possession charge, even when gateway drugs, says as marijuana is involved. In fact, possession with intent to sell less than an ounce of marijuana can lead to a possible three year prison sentence.
In 2013, New Hampshire passed medical marijuana laws, making possession of marijuana cases murkier than they previously were. In any possession case, the details of a search and seizure, reason for stopping an individual, and nature of the substance can all play a key role in a how a case unfolds or the possible penalties if a conviction is obtained. Because of the complications and potential confusion over intent, it is vital that anyone arrested and charged fully understands the law and what their rights are under current New Hampshire drug laws.
Experienced Drug Defense Lawyers
Tenn And Tenn, P.A., stays up to date on drug laws and can thoroughly investigate a case to help exonerate a person charged. If you have been arrested, we will work tirelessly to explain your side and present the best defense options available to you. Our attorneys have the dedication and compassion needed to deal with possession of controlled drug cases. We will fight to get the most favorable outcome possible. We can oftentimes work to secure probation, secure treatment for drug abuse problems, or prove the illegality of a search and seizure. Before you simply accept a drug charge as a future conviction and give up on the possibility of fighting a NH drug charge, call us first to hear the details and see what we may be able to do to protect you and your future.