There are different types of drug charges accused individuals can find themselves facing and serious potential penalties associated with each. Whatever the drug charges may be, accused individuals need to know how to defend themselves against the serious penalties associated with any of them.

All drug charges included in the category of drug charges can be serious ranging from drug possession charges to charges for the alleged trafficking and distribution of drugs. Drug possession charges can be for alleged possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or prescriptions drugs and some other types of drugs as well. Possession charges are usually based on the amount of drugs the accused individual allegedly has in their possession. If the accused individual allegedly has a larger amount of drugs in their possession, they may face more serious drug trafficking or drug distribution charges.

Drug trafficking charges make it illegal to sell, transport or import illegal controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. If an accused individual is allegedly found with a large amount of drugs, they may be charged with drug trafficking. In addition, if the accused individual is also allegedly found with large amounts of cash or items commonly associated with drug distribution, such as baggies or scales, it may also result in drug possession charges graduating to drug trafficking charges.

There are different approaches to defending against drug charges based on the situation and circumstances. Because drug charges can result in incarceration, fines and a criminal record, accused individuals need to be familiar with the criminal defense resources that can help them when they are facing drug charges.