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Combating Misdemeanor And Felony Drug Charges

The outcome of a drug case can have far-reaching consequences whether you are a first-time or repeat offender. You may know that a felony drug conviction can affect your rights and opportunities. Did you know that misdemeanor drug convictions can also prevent you from achieving career or educational goals?

When your future is on the line, you need a criminal defense attorney who will tirelessly pursue all options to protect your interests. At Wesley Rhodes, Attorney at Law, I have the legal experience and determination you want as you fight drug charges in Little Rock and throughout Arkansas.

Reach me online to arrange a private, no-cost case assessment.

In Arkansas, drug crimes refer to a range of criminal offenses related to the use, possession, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances. Arkansas has strict laws regarding drug crimes, and a conviction can result in significant penalties, including fines, prison time, and other legal consequences.

Under Arkansas law, controlled substances are classified into schedules based on their potential for abuse, their accepted medical use, and their safety for use under medical supervision. The schedules range from Schedule I, which includes drugs with a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use, to Schedule V, which includes drugs with a low potential for abuse and accepted medical uses.

Drug crimes in Arkansas can include possession of drugs, possession with intent to distribute, drug trafficking, drug manufacturing, and prescription fraud. Penalties for drug crimes depend on the type and amount of drug involved, the circumstances of the offense, and the defendant’s criminal history.

If you are facing charges for a drug crime in Arkansas, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the charges you are facing and your legal options for defending yourself. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, your attorney may be able to argue that the evidence against you is insufficient or that your rights were violated during the arrest process. An attorney can also work to negotiate a plea bargain or fight for your rights in court to minimize the impact of a drug crime conviction on your life.

Drug crimes in Arkansas are taken very seriously, and those who are convicted of drug-related offenses can face a range of penalties, depending on the nature and severity of the offense.

Here are some of the penalties for drug crimes in Arkansas:

  1. Possession of a Controlled Substance: If a person is found in possession of a controlled substance, they can be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount and type of drug. Penalties can include fines up to $15,000 and/or up to 40 years or life in prison.
  2. Drug Trafficking: If a person is caught selling or distributing drugs, they can be charged with drug trafficking, which is a felony offense. The penalties for drug trafficking depend on the amount and type of drug involved, but can include fines ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 and/or up to life imprisonment.
  3. Manufacturing of Drugs: If a person is caught manufacturing drugs, they can be charged with a felony offense. Penalties can include fines ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 and/or up to life imprisonment.
  4. Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, bongs, syringes, and other items used for drug use or distribution can result in misdemeanor charges with fines up to $2,500 and/or up to one year in jail. Some can even result in felony charges with fines up to $15,000 and/or up to 30 years in prison. 

It’s important to note that the above penalties are just general guidelines, and actual penalties may vary depending on the specifics of the case and the judge’s discretion. It’s also worth noting that drug crimes in Arkansas can have long-lasting consequences beyond the legal penalties, such as difficulty finding

employment, housing, and other social stigmas.

Equipped To Handle A Variety Of Charges

My firm takes only criminal defense cases and I remain current on all Arkansas state drug laws. As a result, I provide up-to-date legal counsel and create cutting-edge strategies for all my clients.

I am a proven advocate for individuals charged with misdemeanor or felony drug violations that include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug trafficking and distribution
  • Prescription drug offenses, including doctor shopping, illegal possession of pharmaceuticals and prescription drug fraud

In Arkansas, state laws permit judges to determine penalties for certain drug violations, but they require mandatory minimum penalties for others. I know which evidence judges find compelling, and I will use this insight to present strong arguments in court so that you secure the most favorable outcome possible.

You can rely on me to give you an honest assessment of your options so that you feel comfortable accepting a plea agreement if one is offered or fighting your charges if you reject the terms of the agreement. You should expect nothing less than an honest answer when you are making decisions that affect your future.

Contact My Firm To Gain Control Of Your Legal Situation

To schedule your free drug violation evaluation with a knowledgeable lawyer, call 501-301-4591 or email me today. I respond to texts and phone messages within one business day because I know that your legal concerns are urgent.