Larger Amounts of Drugs Means Harsher Penalties in Utah
Most drug offenses involve small amounts of drugs such one joint or an ounce of crack. Some people, however, enjoy having more than a small amount of drugs, whether it be for personal pleasure or selling it to others. Unfortunately, Utah law, federal law, and society in general looks unfavorably on large stashes of illegal drugs. For whatever reason, the Utah legislature looks at larger amounts of drugs as more dangerous to society so harsher penalties are imposed on those caught with large amounts of drugs. Because of harsher penalties, anyone charged with drug crimes involving large amounts of drugs should hire a Utah criminal defense lawyer for protection.
Woman Charged With Felony for Having Over 200 Pounds of Marijuana
One person that is probably looking for a good criminal defense lawyer is a woman who was traveling through Utah from Ohio a few weeks ago. While driving through Utah this woman was pulled over for swerving in and out of different lanes on the freeway. The Highway Patrolman was suspicious that the woman may be transporting drugs, so a police dog was brought on scene to sniff the car. As the dog was sniffing the outside of the vehicle it indicated drugs were in the car so it was searched.
Upon searching the vehicle, the Highway Patrolmen discovered 237 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. If she would have only had one joint or a small amount of marijuana, the officers may have simply released her with a citation charging her with a class B misdemeanor. With hundreds of pounds of marijuana, however, she was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. She now faces many years in prison for this violation.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers Protect Drug Possessors
Call a criminal defense lawyer from Salcido Law Firm if you have been charged with drug possession regardless of the amount of drugs you had. A Salcido Law Firm criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights and fight to keep you from being incarcerated. Call a lawyer today at 801.618.1334 for a free consultation.