The Crime of Heroin Possession

What is heroin?
Heroin is a highly additive depressant, processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance in the seed pod of certain types of poppies.  Heroin can be sniffed/snorted, smoked, or injected, with injection being the most effective method of low-purity heroin abuse.  High-purity heroin lends itself to snorting, but may damage nasal passages and takes [...]

Criminal Possession of a Weapon

A person may be charged with criminal possession of a weapon if that person has actual (the weapon is on the person, under direct physical control, or within reach) or constructive possession (the person has knowledge of where a weapon is and control over that area) of a deadly weapon.
In addition a person may be [...]

Drug Possession Laws

Possession is one of the most ambiguous terms encountered in the criminal justice system. Depending on how and when the term is used, it has a variety of possible meanings. To distinguish the many nuances of drug possession laws, the legal system has modified the term by using descriptive words to categorize the various types [...]

Cocaine Possession and Distribution

One of the oldest known drugs, cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant.  Cocaine is an intensely euphoric drug, with immediate effect after a single dose.  Taken in small amounts, cocaine makes its user feel energetic, talkative, and mentally alert. Short-term physiological effects of cocaine are constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased temperature, increased heart rate, [...]