If you are arrested in Louisville for drugs like heroin or cocaine, you are not alone. Drug Trafficking and drug offenses generally are rising because heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana is so prevalent. Our drug trafficking attorney is best at drug interdiction and bond reduction and they are premiere criminal attorneys. When you are arrested and charged with Trafficking in a Drug/Narcotics Substance you will want a Drug Crime Attorney with you to handle the bond reduction in these early stages of criminal defense. Drug laws and certainly trafficking charges make it is easy to track how its criminalization has and continues to increase the punishment for drugs. Not only the distribution of drugs, but use of drugs. Even though many drug laws have made certain controlled substance penalties less punitive and even simple misdemeanor crimes, the laws, for the most part, are still dealing in sentences of multiple years classifying them as felony crimes.
A huge problem plaguing attorneys and lawyers is the late entrance of harsher drug laws for those trafficking the drugs. In todays society, and Kentucky is a great example, communities have made trafficking laws and their punishment extreme to the point that drug users are becoming the target. I explain:
Attorney discusses crime, charges and cases dealing with heroin and methamphetamine and why users are the ones getting their heads knocked off.
To the dismay of criminal defense attorneys, Kentucky legislation and the revamping of drug laws is knocking the heads off of users in Kentucky. Possessing more than 4 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of methamphetamine or heroin and you will be charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class C, 5-10 year charge, or crime. Digging into cases and talking to clients leads any logical mind to believe this presumption with such a low amount of drugs is catching many users and the REAL dealers are out and about.
Lawyer thinks, and knows, legislators really don't know what is going on regarding drugs. Criminal attorneys know that congressmen are operating on old information and that legislation introduced in possible bills are already outdated before passage.
The problem is that humans today have much more disposable income than in the past. Couple that with the fact that Brendan McLeod is reporting that clients are consistenly telling him that Methamphetamine, Cocaine and Heroin are 20% of their cost on the street from 3 years ago means users have a lot more on their hands to use. Often, proposed legislation is brought to congress and is backed up by recovering users. Recovering from any of these "big 3" drugs, especially heroin, takes years to be stable. There seems to always be this type of sponsor and they are too far out of the "game". Congressmen really are not getting a look at what is happening right now.
Clients, for 2 years now, have been telling Brendan that drugs are 20% of what they costs 3 years ago. When they first started telling him this was two years ago. Brendan was a year late on information, but only because he never asked, so imagine how outdated congress's information would be.
The trend as Brendan sees it, in his capacity of criminal defense lawyer, is that the amount of drugs on the typical user is what was viewed, presumptively, as trafficking 3, 4 and 5 years ago. It just isn't so. Where methamphetamine was 100$ for a gram 5 years ago, it is now $450-$500 for an ounce, or 28 grams. Congress is thinking back to the days of crack cocaine and others problems and the image of the user having to scrape up $20 anyway they can and then they are back to the dealers getting a $10 or $20 piece of drugs. Now, Brendan sees users with 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, or 50 grams of methamphetamine, heroin or cocaine and they are simply using the drug. Why is it in different bags? Because that is how the dealers has it and it is not divided in bigger quantities for quick pickup. They aren't Burger King.
So uses have amounts, TODAY, that were not anywhere near the status quo 3 or so years ago. With drugs so pervasive and sweeping through more prevalent areas of Louisville, Oldham County and Kentucky generally, the user has more money and the dealers have better supply leading to less expensive drugs for more affluent users. With this being said, the image of the user is just not what is was not that long ago and these uses are being charged as dealers, sellers, or distributors.
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