Drug Crime Charges

Being charged with a drug crime can send your world into a tailspin. Depending on the illicit substance in your possession and the nature of the crime you’re being accused of, you could face years in prison. With your freedom on the line, finding the right legal help is crucial.

That’s why I’m here. I’m attorney Angela Arellanes and my firm Angela Arellanes Law has extensive experience defending people facing significant drug charges. Not only do I offer considerable legal knowledge, I also treat all clients with the dignity and compassion they deserve.

Types of Illicit Substances

Illicit substances are those drugs that are illegal to make, sell, or use. Here are a few of the most common illicit substances found in New Mexico and elsewhere around the country:

  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamines
  • Ketamine
  • MDMA
  • LSD
  • Psilocybin (mushrooms)
  • Oxycodone and Oxycontin
  • DMT

While prescription medications are legal, they can only be used by the person they’re prescribed to in the manner in which they were prescribed. That means a person can be arrested for misuse of prescription medications, such as opiates. A person can also be arrested if found with prescription medication that is not prescribed to them specifically, or if the person is providing their own prescription meds to others.

Use and/or Possession of Illicit Substances

It is illegal to use or possess any illicit substances in any amount. However, the actual penalties you’ll face typically depend on the type of substance in your possession.

Among many other drugs, New Mexico classifies heroin as controlled dangerous substance due to its high abuse potential and risk of overdose. This designation increases punishments for heroin possession. For example, as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance, possessing heroin can result in a fine of at least $500, with a maximum potential fine of up to $1,000, and up to one year in jail.

Drug Trafficking and Sales

Larger quantities of illicit substances will result in charges of drug trafficking and the intent to sell. Drug trafficking involves the transportation, manufacture, and delivery of illicit controlled substances. You’ll be subject to both state and federal penalties if convicted of drug trafficking. State laws stipulate first offenses are punishable by up to 9 years in prison, while federal penalties include anywhere from 0 to 20 years, 5 to 40 years, or 10 to life, depending on the circumstances.

A Word on Medical Marijuana

It should be stated that marijuana is legal for medical use in the state of New Mexico. A person must apply for a card and have their application approved by a doctor before visiting a local dispensary. You must be over 18 and you must abide by rules that govern medical marijuana use in the state. That does not mean all instance of marijuana use are legal according to the law. For example, you can still be cited for driving while inebriated if you have a medical marijuana card and are caught smoking while operating a motor vehicle.

Why Having a Skilled Attorney on Your Side Is a Must

When facing drug charges in Albuquerque, the potential consequences can be quite severe. Throughout my 25-year career, I’ve represented numerous clients facing serious drug charges. By meticulously reviewing your case and the charges against you, I’ll be able to devise a strong defense.

Time is of the essence. Call at (505) 247-2417 to schedule your consultation with my law firm.