Law enforcement authorities are getting desperate in response to the opioid crisis. As a result, many addicts who have done little more than share their drugs with a relative or friend are ending up facing charges from manslaughter to first-degree murder.
When people are caught dealing drugs or using them, the best thing for them isn't always to be sent to prison. In reality, those using drugs often need substance abuse counseling and assistance to get their lives back on track.
The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) makes it illegal for any organized group of individuals that conspire with one another to engage in any unlawful act. So, too, does the California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Sections 186.2 and 186.3 of the state Penal Code.
Any drug charge, even one that appears minor, can have a major impact on your life. From difficulties securing employment to the many consequences of a conviction, you need to think about the future.
The "Death Diaries," or a project looking at what drugs were most responsible for patient deaths in 2013, has shown a serious problem in California. Amidst the opioid epidemic, this project aimed to find out which drugs caused the most problems to help reduce the ability of individuals to obtain them and to identify how they're obtaining them.
As a veteran, it's possible that you could find yourself in trouble with the law at some point (just the same as anyone else).
The police pull you over, claim to find illegal drugs in your car, and use a field test to examine them right there on the side of the road. The chemical -- cobalt thiocyanate -- starts out pink and then turns blue. That means, the police tell you, that the substance was cocaine. You're arrested immediately.
When it comes to drug trafficking, there are many things you need to know.
While many people believe that the court system is "one size fits all," this isn't typically the case in today's day and age.
If for any reason you are charged with drug possession, it's imperative to immediately look toward the future.