Military Drug Crimes
Types of Drug Crimes & Illegal Substances
Drug crimes are not just an issue in every day civilian life. Even those in the military can face accusations for involvement with illegal drugs. Common drug crime offenses include the possession, distribution or manufacture of controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamines. Different drugs can be categorized as more dangerous and these may also come with varying legal consequences. Drugs are categorized based on their danger or medical use as either a Schedule I drug, up to a Schedule V drug. A military man or woman may also be charged with the manufacture, possession or administration of "Hawaii Spice," a drug that is made using substances that are illegal in the United States.
The charges they face will be dependent largely on the type of drug that is found. Also significantly affecting the charges is the amount of drug confiscated. The more drugs found, often the penalties can be directly correlated to. Those in the military will face a more unique issue when accused of a drug crime. Due to the high standards of morality that the military strives for, any divergence from this path can lead to harsh ramifications. These crimes fall under the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 112a and are dealt with accordingly.
Penalties for drug charges in the military depend largely on the type of drug that is involved in the charge as well as the amount of the substance found. The lowest drug offense is the use or possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. The maximum sentence for such a charge is dishonorable discharge, the forfeiture of all financial entitlements as a member of the armed forces and confinement of up to 2 years. The heaviest sentence is that of possession with the intent to distribute any illegal substances such as methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and heroin. This charge can carry a sentence of up to 15 years in confinement.
Military Criminal Lawyer for Drug Crimes
When a military member is charged with a drug crime or fails a military drug test, they will face a
court martial and the possibility of a dishonorable discharge. Each case is unique and since these crimes can come at all levels, the extent of the crime and if the suspect has a past record will need to be assessed to determine the exact sentence. A false conviction is very likely if your defense lawyer is inexperience and unable to vigorously defend you from being punished for a crime you did not commit. There are defenses that can be made in these cases but for those that are caught with drugs and do not have valid proof that the drugs were not theirs; you need a skilled lawyer that understands the legal steps that can be taken to protect you. For those that have a past record of drugs, including prior to entering the military, it will be even more critical to defend against charges.
If you are facing a drug crime as a member of the military, you need a military criminal defense attorney with the experience and knowledge of pertinent law that can only come from a former member. For years, Meagan F. Temple, Attorney at Law has successfully defended military clients from criminal accusations, including charges concerning illegal substances. She works hard to defend her clients against false charges, negotiate fair penalties and ensure their rights are protected no matter what.
Contact Meagan F. Temple, Attorney at Law today to learn more about how she can help defend you against drug charges.