When it comes to illegal drugs, there are many different charges that person could face in connection with these substances. Knowing how each charge varies might give you the basis to determine how you should fight the charges you are facing.
Charges for manufacturing or delivering drugs are sometimes possible if a person is involved in any step of making or selling drugs. In order for these charges to be valid, there would have to be evidence that proves the person was work with the drugs and that they had the drugs or components in their possession.
Charges for possession of drugs are also possible. Typically, these charges are only associated with quantities of drugs that could be appropriate for personal use. If larger quantities were present, a charge for selling drugs might be levied, especially if the drugs were packaged in a manner consistent with selling drugs.
It is important to note that drug possession charges don't have to involve drugs that were on your person. Instead, these charges can apply if drugs were anywhere near you or in a place you control. For example, you could possibly face possession charges if drugs were found in your nightstand, even if you were in the living room.
Drug paraphernalia is another drug-related charge. This charge means that you have items used to make, distribute or use drugs in your possession. This charge can be levied alone or in conjunction with other drug charges.
Anyone who is facing any drug-related charges should evaluate the options they have for a defense. The options will depend on the charges that are part of the case, as well as the person's history in the criminal justice system.
Source: FindLaw, "Types of Drug Crimes," accessed Nov. 04, 2016