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Criminal Defense - Drug Possession

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Drug possession laws in Connecticut are very strict and the consequences of possession charges are serious. In fact, recently the penalties for drug possession and many other drug crimes have recently increased due to the “war on drugs.” The penalties and charges for drug crimes vary depending on the type of drug involved along with the amount of the drug. Regardless of the type of drug crime you are facing, it is important to have an experienced New Haven criminal attorney by your side. Some of the common drugs leading to drug possession charges in Connecticut include:

  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Heroine
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD


Marijuana Possession Offenses

Generally, drugs are categorized as marijuana, hallucinogens, and narcotics. When it comes to marijuana, the penalties vary according to the amount found in possession. For the first offense, if you are found in possession of less than 4oz, you could be facing up to one year in jail along with a $1,000 fine. If you are found with 4oz or more, you could be facing up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Subsequent possession charges result in harsher penalties. A second or subsequent possession offense of less than 4oz. of marijuana is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $3,000 fine. If it is a second or subsequent offense for 4oz or more, the penalties could include up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Marijuana possession charges in the state of Connecticut are not taken lightly. If you are facing charges, you need a skilled Connecticut criminal defense lawyer to help.

Hallucinogenic Drug Charges

The drugs that are categorized as hallucinogens are LSD/Acid, MMDA/Ecstasy, PCP/Angel Dust and mescaline. The penalties for these drug possession convictions increase in severity after each offense. The penalty breakdown follows these guidelines:

First offense:

  • Up to five years in jail
  • Up to a $2,000 fine

Second or subsequent offense:

  • Up to 10 years in jail
  • Fine of up to $5,000

Charges for Narcotic Drugs

The penalties for possession of narcotic drugs are more severe than any other drug possession offense. The drugs classified as narcotics include heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine. Crack cocaine possession is currently punished much harsher than possession of powder cocaine. If you are being charged with crack cocaine possession, it is critical to hire an attorney who understands this unjust law and will adamantly fight against it to your benefit. If found guilty for a narcotic offense, the penalties could include any of the following:

First offense:

  • Up to seven years in jail
  • Fine of up to $50,000

Second offense:

  • Up to 15 years in jail
  • Fine of up to $100,000

Third or subsequent offense:

  • Up to 25 years in jail
  • Fine of up to $250,000


Any other type of drug or controlled substance found in one’s possession is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for the first offense. Possession charge penalties are amplified if the offense occurred within 1500 feet of a school or day care. If you are caught in possession of drugs within 1500 feet of a school zone, there is a mandatory two year jail sentence plus any other penalties included. You do not need to be aware that you were in close proximity to a school to have an increased penalty.

Fighting Against Drug Possession Charges in Connecticut

In order to aggressively fight against your drug charges, it is important to team up with a knowledgeable and experienced Hamden criminal attorney. Dolan Law Firm is an aggressive and persistent criminal defense team dedicated to helping clients defend against drug possession charges. Get started on your case by scheduling your free case evaluation. Call a Hamden criminal defense lawyer from our firm today to see how we may be able to help you get your charges reduced or dropped.