Drug possession statutes are complex, and an easy answer to the question of "what could happen to me" cannot be given here. We will tell you exactly what to expect, in the local and the court system in which you've been charged. The possible penalties include:
- Jail and/or prison time
- Mandatory drug counseling
- Suspension or revocation of your driver's license
- Mandatory registration as a drug offender
If a charge of heroin possession has been issued against you or your family member by a state or federal prosecutor, it's best to know the potential penalties and consequences you or your loved one may face. We have extensive experience representing individuals who have been arrested for or charged with heroin possession, and our firm is happy to discuss the details of your case with you.
Possession of Heroin
A law enforcement officer [local police, sheriff, FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Coast Guard, or other] who alleges that you have any quantity of heroin will try to interrogate you. It's best to request an attorney immediately. We are available across the U.S., 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don't discuss your circumstances with the officers or prosecuting attorney. Don't offer an alibi. Anything that you say now can be used against you later.
Penalties for Heroin Possession
The possible penalties for heroin possession depend on a number of factors, including:
- whether your possession charge is state or federal
- your prior criminal history, including any convictions involving heroin or another controlled substance
- how much heroin was found in your possession ─ the greater the amount, the higher the likely penalties
- whether you can be shown to have intended to distribute or sell the heroin
- whether a minor (person under 18 years old) was involved in any way