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Have you or a loved one recently been arrested on drug charges? There are a variety of drug offenses including possession, distribution, trafficking, manufacturing, maintaining premises, and prescription fraud. While the severity of these charges depend on the classification of the drugs involved, state narcotics laws are vigorously enforced in Arkansas. In short, anyone facing drug charges can be incarcerated, even for minor offenses.

Being charged with a drug crime in Arkansas is a serious matter. While relatively minor drug possession charges can lead to jail time, a conviction for more a serious drug offense can result in a lengthy prison sentence, probation, and significant fines. If you have been accused of a drug crime, it is imperative you have an experienced Fort Smith defense attorney in your corner.

At Law office of David Powell, we are knowledgeable in the applicable Arkansas drug laws and are highly regarded for providing our clients with aggressive legal representation. We routinely handle drug crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to manufacturing, distribution or delivery of dangerous drugs to prescription fraud.

Drug-related crimes are some of the most common and one of the most serious crimes that you can be accused of. This is something that is going to be on your record possibly for the rest of your life that will have a wide range of consequences not just possibly fines and possible jail time but other consequences such as if you’re not a US Citizen, you could have deportation consequences. If you are a US Citizen taking a plea to basically any drug-related offense is going to result in your license being suspended which can affect your livelihood. A conviction will negatively affect your life in multiple ways. That’s why bottom line you want an experienced defense attorney to get you the best possible outcome in your case.

In Arkansas the penalties vary per offense. These are some of the most common drug offense charges and their penalties.

Possession of drugs:
Class D Felony 0-6 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $10,000
Class C Felony 3-10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $10,000
Class B Felony 5-20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $15,000
Class A Felony 6-30 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $15,000
Class Y Felony 10-40 or Life in the Arkansas Department of Correction and a fine of up to $25,000

Possession of drugs and firearms:
Class Y Felony 10-40 or Life in the Arkansas Department of Correction and a fine of up to $25,000

Possession of drug paraphernalia:
Class D Felony 0-6 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $10,000
Class C Felony 3-10 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $10,000
Class B Felony 5-20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $15,000

Maintaining a drug premises:
Class D Felony 0-6 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and/or a fine of up to $10,000

The Law Office of David L. Powell, PLC serves clients in Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood, and throughout the state of Arkansas.