Fort Lauderdale Heroin Defense Attorney
An addiction to heroin can easily ruin an individual’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. Those that have succumbed to the drug and its addictiveness may face losing loved ones along the way, a lifelong crippling financial situation, drastically deteriorating health, and even death. On top of it all is the potential to spend years or decades in prison. Instead of finding treatment for the addiction, those that have been charged with heroin possession may end up behind bars, which is one of the last places an addict should be. If you have been charged with a heroin possession or charged with dealing heroin, contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale heroin defense attorney as soon as possible.
The Addictiveness of Heroin and its Illegality as a Schedule One Drug
Heroin is a highly addictive drug that can be snorted, smoked, or injected to obtain a high, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Abusers report feeling a sense of euphoria as soon as the drug has entered their system followed by a period where they go in and out of sleepiness and wakefulness. One of the major problems with this street drug is that users aren’t aware of the doses they are taking and overdoses are common. Many people believe that drug addictions to substances such as heroin should be treated as medical conditions and not crimes. However, that is not the current situation in our society. Since it has no medical uses and has been labeled a highly addictive Schedule I drug by the DEA, heroin is an illegal substance to possess or sell in all 50 states. A person caught possessing or selling heroin can be sentenced to jail for a minimum of five years for their first offense. Causing serious bodily injury or death, a second offense, or possessing over a kilogram all increase the amount of jail time a person will receive.
Yet, there is an interesting change in how heroin is being dealt with in our criminal system today. Between 2009 and 2013 the number of heroin traffickers who were sentenced in accordance with the government’s minimum sentencing policies dropped significantly. Now, there is a higher likelihood that a person trafficking heroin will be handed a reduced sentence. This is why it is important for a person charged with heroin possession to obtain a lawyer who understands the criminal system.
In some cities, they are taking new approaches to dealing with heroin use. Recently in Ithaca, NY they have proposed opening a supervised injection site that will have trained staff who understand drug treatment, as reported by CNN. Still, the mayor of Ithaca is awaiting New York State to pass a bill making such an injection site legal.
In the meantime, if caught with heroin in New York a person will still be charged with possession and forced to face substantial court sentences, as will those who are found guilty of heroin possession in Florida. If you are facing heroin charges, call Deric Zacca at 954-450-4848 today. Our Fort Lauderdale heroin defense attorneys will help protect your rights throughout each step of your criminal case.