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"Controlled substances" is a term often used in the state of New Hampshire to describe things such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and other substances that we are legally allowed to possess under strict laws and guidelines. When there is no medical use for a substance, it is classified as a "Schedule I" drug, and any type of possession can be considered illegal. Some substances have some medical use, and their possession and use is generally limited to a pre-defined situation. This usually requires a prescription.

If caught in violation of New Hampshire's controlled substances laws, you may be subject to a drug charge. Whether it is ruled a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the type and amount of substance involved. Sometimes, you may face both state and federal criminal charges, which is why it is so important to contact an experienced narcotics and criminal defense lawyer if you are facing drug charges. Attorney John E. Durkin can help you build a strong defense.

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New Hampshire drug charges

Drug charges in New Hampshire may be brought for the following reasons:

  • The possession of an illegal substance or paraphernalia
  • The distribution or sale of substances, including intent to distribute
  • Trafficking drugs
  • Manufacturing drugs
  • Crimes involving prescription drugs, including writing fake prescriptions or filling a prescription multiple times.

The types of drug charges you may face will vary depending on two major factors:

  • The type of drug involved. One ounce of marijuana leading to a maximum of three years incarceration is different than possession of cocaine (a much more potent and dangerous drug) which could result in up to seven years incarceration.
  • The amount of the substance in your possession matters. When you possess larger amounts of a drug, it is easy to assume and make a case for your intent to sell or otherwise distribute. This can result in serious penalties, and even decades of incarceration.

Our lawyers demand justice

Don't lose hope. A drug charge is something to be taken seriously, and strict penalties are imposed. It is extremely important to speak with an experienced narcotics lawyer regarding your case so you can be properly represented. Your attorney can help you to construct a sturdy and reliable defense, particularly if you were a victim of entrapment, a common issue in narcotics cases due to the activity of undercover officers engaging in sting operations. A violation of your constitutional rights may also lead to suppression of important evidence that may help you get your drug charges dropped or dismissed.

The appropriate defense or plea bargain entirely depends on the evidence gathered against you, and the specific circumstances of your situation. Contact us at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. for the right defense, and the right results.

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