Drug offenses make up over one half of all arrests and criminal convictions in Northern Kentucky. Criminal courts are just one way to fight the war on drugs. Funny how legislators consider this a WAR, whereas any other medical condition is considered medical treatment. We don’t ahve a war on cancer, a war on mental health or a war on diabetes.
Especially on first offense, treatment is the primary method of dealing with drug possession offenses. While some drugs such as marijuana, are misdemeanor offenses, others, especially narcotics, are considered felony offenses. Diversion, deferred prosecution and treatment in lieu of conviction are all methods to avoid felony prosecution and get treatment for the individual defendant instead of prosecution and incarceration.
Trafficking charges are almost always felony offenses and require additional attention to the defense. Rights of the accused, monitoring and search warrants as well as Miranda rights all should be considered. Most felony trafficking convictions lead to incarceration. Multiple offenses can greatly increase prison time, especially in the federal system where career offender and sentencing guidelines strongly influence Judges’ sentencing.
If you have been arrested with drug possession, you should get an attorney to represent you through the process. For consultation in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties, call Bouldin Law Firm and schedule to speak with Michael Bouldin. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 581-MIKE, 859-581-6453.