Due to the reason that drug-related crimes are increasing day by day, they have become a serious issue in criminal law and any offense in which drugs are involved is taken seriously by the U.S. judicial system. Offenses that are related to drugs do not always involve producing, possession or selling of drugs; in many cases, drugs are a secondary issue to another offense. For example, individuals who are not violent may consume controlled substances and become violent while intoxicated. Some drugs in which PCP, LSD and ketamine are included can cause hallucinations. These drugs affect the thinking ability of an individual when consumed and some people behave abnormally while under the influence of these drugs.
When an individual commits a violent offense while intoxicated, he/she faces the conviction of that offense. Most states do not allow offenders to use intoxication as defense, and state laws increase punishment for the offense in which drugs are involved. A crime in which drugs are involved is not the same as a crime committed by an individual with a natural mental disease. Offenses involving drugs are taken seriously and the offenders are punished harshly.
Individuals sell drugs for business because this business gives them profit. People smuggling and selling drugs get a large amount of money as profit by their business. There are cases when a number of corporations and some commercial operations used legitimate businesses as a front for drug trafficking but when these businesses were investigated and activities related to drugs were revealed, the penalties were made stricter.
The United States court system struggles to stop this practice by making the penalties harsher.
The actual penalties for offenses in which drugs are involved depend on a large number of factors. The type of drug is also considered because some drugs are said to be more dangerous than others. The amount of drugs is also a factor; some drug dealers work with a large amount of narcotics and supply them to hundreds of individuals. The penalties for 1st time offenders are lesser than repeat offenders.
Other than the penalties, criminal law also tries to give rehabilitation programs for individuals who commit offenses related to drugs. Most individuals who are convicted of offenses related to drugs spend between 1 to 3 years in jail before they are released. While spending time in jail and after that, they may be required to take part in detoxification programs, drug-related therapy, support groups and mentoring programs. The criminal system is working against drug-related crimes and trying to cope with this increasing problem.
When a person is convicted of an offense related to drugs, judges usually turn to federal government resources which classify drugs and penalties for the offense. While determining the sentence, some important factors are taken into consideration in which the type of drug, amount of drug and the nature of the crime are included.
The federal government has a drug schedule which outlines the maximum and minimum punishments for offenses involving drugs.
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