What to do when facing drug Offense charges in Mississippi
The state of Mississippi takes drug charges seriously. It’s important to know that there are almost immediate repercussions for drug convictions, not limited to just having the conviction on your record.
If one is convicted of use, distribution, possession, manufacture, sale, barter, transfer or dispensing of a controlled substance, counterfeit substance, narcotic drug or drug, this will result in an automatic six-month driver license suspension, according to Mississippi Code Section 63-1-7.
Essentially, any drug-related conviction will result in suspension of your license. This includes possession of paraphernalia.
Even drug-related materials can result in suspension of your license.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor Drug Charges in Mississippi
The amount of drugs you possess is also a major factor in what charges you face. Smaller amounts typically result in misdemeanor charges and larger amounts may result in felony possession, or even intent to distribute, charges.
If you are in possession of a firearm at the time of your arrest, this can enhance your charges and add to potential jail time.
Even drug-related materials can result in suspension of your license, it does not have to be just drugs that you are possessing.
If you are arrested on any sort of drug charge, whether it be possession or otherwise, you should immediately contact a licensed attorney. Your ability to legally drive impacts a number of factors in your life, including whether or not you are able to get back and forth to your job.
Mississippi recently legalized medical marijuana use. Can I still be charged for possession of a controlled substance?
The State of Mississippi has not legalized recreational marijuana use. Therefore, possession of any amount of marijuana remains a crime.
It is important to remember that just because marijuana possession or consumption is legal in another state, it is still not legal in Mississippi. You cannot get out of the marijuana possession charge simply because you are from another state.
The most important thing to remember when facing drug-related charges, is that Mississippi’s Uniform Controlled Substances Law has harsh consequences. You should not face drug charges alone. Retain an aggressive attorney to represent your interests in any drug-related cases.
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