Heroin, the synthetic derivative of morphine, constitutes a large part of the illicit drug market. It is one of the most dangerous drugs, as it is difficult to prevent overdoses, due to the inability to determine the purity of the drug. Because of this, heroin is a Schedule I drug, and thus there are very severe penalties for the use and sale of this illegal substance.
Heroin drug crimes may be classified either on a state or federal level, depending on the nature of the circumstances surrounding the crime. Simple possession charges usually will be given to the state, but trafficking charges will elevate the case to the federal court. Other factors like the offender’s criminal history, and where the crime took place are also important, whether in close proximity of a school, public park, church, or home, and, of course, the amount of drug involved. Although state laws vary, most of them subscribe to the Uniform Narcotics Act which make a heroin conviction a felony.
Heroin Crime Penalties
Typically heroin possession charge penalties may range from a fine of $10,000 and up to five years in jail for simple possession, to a fine upwards of $25,000 and up to 50 years in prison for possession with the intent to distribute, sell or manufacture.
Heroin Defense Lawyer
Though the stakes are high, it is possible to fight and win a heroin drug crime case, and many times the winning verdict lies in possibility that your rights were violated at the moment you were arrested or searched. There also could be other law enforcement errors that could assist in suppressing the evidence against you. Keep in mind that though Nebraska does not have near the prevalence of heroin use as, say, marijuana or methamphetamine use, it will not deter the courts from bringing down harsh penalties on an offender to prevent an insurgence. Stockmann Law can help you achieve a positive outcome through fierce legal representation, fighting with you every step of the way.