Drug Crimes

Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, or unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin. State and federal statues strictly prohibit the use, manufacture, or distribution of all illegal drugs. Synthetic marijuana is another common type of drug. If a person uses, sells, possesses, or manufactures an illegal drug, he/she can be charged with a drug crime.

Federal and state laws cover many types of drug crimes. Federal drug charges usually result in longer sentences, while state drug charges may involve short-term sentencing or even probation. Whatever type of drug crime is involved, having any kind of drug conviction on your record can have severe consequences. If you have been arrested, are being investigated, or have been questioned by police, you need a high-quality criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. At the Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz we will work with you in creating a defense that will stand strong in the court of law. Contact the Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz to discuss how we can help you.

We can defend you against any drug crime. These include:

Drug paraphernalia

It describes any equipment that’s used to prepare, inject, inhale, or conceal illegal drugs. It also refers to any equipment used to conceal or produce drugs. Examples of drug paraphernalia include but are not limited to:

  • Bongs
  • A wide variety of pipes
  • Rolling papers
  • Syringes

Drug paraphernalia often are made to look as if they are designed for legal purposes. For example, many bongs include labeling stating that they should only be used with tobacco. Even with such a label, you can be charged with violating Iowa’s drug paraphernalia law.

Possession

Drug possession is a crime under both federal and state laws. It is a criminal offense to possess substances like marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. A person in possession of an illegal drug may be charged with simple possession or with possession with intent to distribute. Simple possession is usually the charge for someone who has possession of a small quantity of drugs, while a large amount could lead to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute.

Manufacturing

A person may be charged with drug manufacturing if he or she is involved in any step of the production process of an illegal drug. The most common manufacturing charge in Iowa is the manufacture of methamphetamine. If you are charged with drug manufacturing, contact Ray Scheetz immediately.

Possession with intent to Deliver

Drug distribution laws make it illegal to sell, transport, and import illegal controlled substances like marijuana and cocaine. If convicted of drug trafficking, the sentence in federal court can be up to life in prison.

The penalties for drug crimes can be particularly severe. Don’t delay in seeking legal help, contact the Law Office of Raphael M. Scheetz to discuss how we can help.