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Why build a criminal defense against heroin offenses?

When it comes to illicit drug use, it's estimated that thousands are suffering from opioid addiction in the United States. Whether due to actual heroin use or a similar-based prescription pill like painkillers, heroin use is on the rise. It can have a huge impact on a person's health and well-being and it can result in criminal implications with the law. If you or a loved one is accused of a heroin offense, what steps should be taken?It's important to remember that being accused of a drug crime does not equate to being convicted of that crime. Much can happen between the filing of drug charges and the actual conviction of said crime. Each person accused of a criminal offense as the right to build a criminal defense and to tell their side of the story. Heroin offenses can have a huge impact on a person's future and can have criminal, professional and negative impacts across the totality of a person's life.

Heroin offenses like possession, intent to distribute and other related crimes can carry jail time. They can also carry misdemeanor or felony implications depending on the severity of the crime in question. Obviously, felony charges would be the most serious and could carry up to a year or more in jail if convicted. While criminal implications are important to consider, so is the impact that a drug like heroin can have on a person and the loved ones in their life.

Federal charges for 13 accused of East coast drug trafficking

Sometimes ourselves or the loved ones in our life make shaky decisions, based out of necessity. The use or sale of illicit drugs is a decision that can have serious consequences for the person making that decision and for the people around them and in their life. A federal investigation has been ongoing and has accused and charged 13 people in connection with drug distribution and possession crimes up and down the East coast. The alleged operation spanned state lines, including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Local and federal law enforcement were involved in the investigation and eventual arrests. Drug crimes have been a major focus for law enforcement since the late 80s when it became clear their danger to those who consume and abuse illegal drugs. Heroin and meth, two of the more dangerous drugs, were said to have been run in this alleged drug ring. Charges against the defendants include narcotics conspiracy and various firearm offenses.

White collar crimes can carry serious penalties

If you aren't a law student or big into the news, you may be unaware of the term 'white collar crime.' The phrase got its name from the type of people who typically are accused and commit these crimes. People with white collars, were traditionally people in management, so dubbed in the latter half of the 20th century. Meanwhile, blue collar workers were typically laborers.

Since while collar crimes cover crimes of embezzlement, wire fraud and even tax evasion, these activities are more accessible and susceptible to white collar workers than their blue collar counterpart. However, white collar crimes can carry heavy penalties for those who are convicted. While it isn't a violent crime, it still can carry criminal penalties including jail time. With conviction of a white collar crime, many will lose their job, or a specific license or positive reputation that they once had while working in that industry.

Important terms for drug charges

The use and distribution of drugs can put people and all those around them in danger. For this reason, those who face drug charges and receive convictions may encounter very stern penalties.

Those facing such charges and seeking to create a good defense must understand the various aspects of the charges themselves. In particular, there are a few important terms that are commonly used in relation to drug charges. 

Credit card fraud laws to know when charged

Just because a credit card is made out of plastic doesn't mean that it doesn't contain access to real money. Most people understand this concept, as plastic spends just as easily as does paper bills. However, sometimes the concept can get misconstrued in terms of access to credit card, what is allowed and what isn't. It can lead to instances where a person is charged with credit card fraud.

It's important to understand that a criminal charge related to credit card fraud is a serious offense that can have lasting consequences if convicted. Credit card fraud is based on state law and in Pennsylvania you can be convicted of credit card fraud if you have the card or access to the pertinent information on the card to make a purchase. You can even be convicted of this crime if you haven't actually spent any of the money. The mere act of possessing it and knowing it is counterfeit or has not been authorized for use constitutes credit card fraud.

Drug possession charges have additional academic consequences

No college student heads off to school in the fall expecting to face drug charges, but it is a reality that many students end up confronting. In addition to the threat of criminal charges, schools have their own strict penalties, sometimes resulting in dismissal of a student with no refund of any tuition paid, for drug use or possession.

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