Drug Crimes In New Mexico
Possessing, distributing, or trafficking drugs in New Mexico are severe crimes punishable by expensive fines, mandatory rehab, and lengthy prison sentences. Additionally, any drug conviction will result in the inability to get student loans at federal, state, and local levels. If you are facing a drug charge, it's critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Attorney Rachel Walker Al-Yasi has years of experience helping clients avoid the full wrath of the state's penal code, and she wants to do the same for you. Remember that a charge is not a conviction, and you can still take steps to protect your future. Contact the office, and get started on your legal representation today.
Drug Crime Penalties in New Mexico
Criminal sentencing for drug crimes in New Mexico depends on the type of drug and the quantity. Penalties also depend on your past criminal record.
Possession of Marijuana
For starters, possession of marijuana has a separate category under state law. The charge classification and possible criminal sentencing depend on the total weight of the marijuana you possessed. Possession of one ounce or less is a petty misdemeanor. First-time offenders face fines up to $100 and 15 days in jail. Possession of an amount between one and eight ounces is a misdemeanor with a possible punishment of up to a year in prison and a $1,000 criminal fine. Possessing more than eight ounces of marijuana could land you with a fourth-degree felony and possibly 18 months in prison.
Other Drug Possession Penalties
All other drug offenses that aren't related to marijuana can result in more severe penalties. The New Mexico Controlled Substances Act classifies drugs as either Schedule I or Schedule II. This law applies to opiates, opium derivatives, stimulants, hallucinogenic substances, PCP, heroin, crack cocaine, and others. Possession of any Schedule I or II drug is a fourth-degree felony with up to a $5,000 criminal fine and 18 months in prison.
Drug trafficking is the cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, or distribution, of illegal drugs. It is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of nine years for a first-time offense. A second offense can result in a total of 18 years in prison. Moreover, drug trafficking in designated drug-free areas (including parks, schools, daycares) or involving transactions with a minor are subject to enhanced criminal sentencing.