Nathan Sadler of Anna and Jason Goodman of Jonesboro were arrested after they were stopped by a Perry County Sheriff’s deputy for improper lane usage; Goodman was driving the vehicle in which marijuana, cocaine, and Adderall were found when the deputy searched the vehicle. The men admitted marijuana was present in the vehicle, which prompted the search after authorities thought the teens seemed nervous.
The two teens were taken to the Perry County Jail; both were charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. Goodman was also given a traffic ticket for improper lane usage.
Regardless of the state in which drug possession occurs, it is a serious matter that can impact a person’s life much more than he or she may believe. For example, in Illinois possession of controlled substances such as cocaine is considered a Class 1 felony possession; the incarceration period varies depending on the amount of drug involved. Even when someone is found to be in possession of only 15 grams of cocaine, the punishment may include from four to 15 years in prison along with fines of up to $200,000.
In the state of Michigan, possession of less than 25 grams of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug may result in a maximum of four years in prison along with fines of up to $25,000. Factors that affect the penalties a person may face if found guilty include the type and amount of drug involved, criminal history, and more. For instance, someone found in possession of between 50 and 449 grams of a Schedule I or II substance may be subject to 20 years in prison and/or fines of as much as $250,000.
A drug conviction cannot only steal away your freedom, it can also destroy your career, reputation, and future. If you have been charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana, a prescription drug, or any illicit substance, consult with a highly experienced Michigan drug crimes lawyer immediately. Taking quick action can change the outcome of your case.