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Drug trafficking versus drug dealing

Drug charges of all kinds are very serious and should be handled with great care. Being convicted of a drug crime can have long-lasting effects, regardless of the nature of the offense. If you are facing drug charges, it is helpful to understand the difference between various kinds of charges, so that you can better build a strong defense and protect your future.

Two of the most commonly confused drug crimes are drug trafficking and drug dealing. While these two charges are very similar, there are some important differences that can have a significant effect in how a judge sentences for one or the other. Drug trafficking generally refers to selling, transporting or importing a significant amount of a controlled substance. Because trafficking generally deals with larger amounts of substances, the sentences are much heavier and can even mean life in prison.

Drug dealing charges generally refer to smaller, more "personal" situations. Because a drug dealing change usually entails a much smaller amount of drugs, the sentences are relatively lighter but still quite heavy. Drug dealing charges do not generally entail a life sentence

It is also worth noting that each state maintains its own statutes defining where drug dealing may convert to drug trafficking. It is also important to understand that if you possess a large quantity of some substance, authorities may use this to imply that you intend to sell it, and charge you with dealing or trafficking -- even if you are not caught in the act itself.

Drug charges much be met with a strong defense. More than any other variety of crime, drug charges are responsible for crowding our prison system and ruining countless lives with sentences that effectively end one's ability to find work and do other normal things like qualify for an apartment. if you have been charged with a drug crime, a strong defense is a must to ensure that your rights remain protected.

Source: findlaw, "Types of Drug Crimes," accessed Jan. 26, 2017

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