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Drug Possession Charges Defense Attorney in Norwalk, CT

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When you are arrested on suspicion of drug possession, you likely have many questions and concerns about what may happen. Once a prosecutor files drug possession charges, you run the risk of conviction and potentially serious consequences. The possible penalties for drug possession in Connecticut may vary widely from case to case, depending on the type and amount of drugs you allegedly possessed and whether you have previous drug convictions on your record. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may face jail time, fines, probation, and more.

If someone has accused you of drug possession, it is critical that you contact a Stamford drug crimes defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael R. Corsello, LLC have extensive experienced defending all types of drug cases and will work to build a strong defense for you.

Drug Possession Charges in Stamford, CT

In Connecticut law § 21a-279, it is illegal to possess or have under your control any illegal controlled substance such as marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogens, or prescription drugs without the proper prescription. The following are some potential penalties under the law for different types of drug possession for a first offense:

Type of Substance

Maximum Jail Time

Maximum Fine

½ oz. or Less of Marijuana



½ oz. to 4 oz. of Marijuana

1 year


More than 4 oz. of Marijuana

5 years


Narcotics, such as Cocaine, Crack, and Heroin (Any Quantity)

7 years


Hallucinogens (Any Quantity)

5 years


Any Other Illegal Drug

1 year


In addition, if you are suspected of possessing any type of drugs in the vicinity of a school or daycare facility, you will face a mandatory 2 year jail sentence in addition to any other penalties for the possession itself.

The above penalties are only for the first offense, and consequences greatly increase with each subsequent drug conviction. For instance, a person charged with narcotics possession for the third time may face up to 30 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

There are several different defenses for drug crimes in Connecticut. For example, the drugs may have actually belonged to someone else, or the substance in question may not have been what the police originally suspected. Also, if someone seeks medical assistance for himself or someone else for a potential drug overdose, the CGS § 21a-279(g) generally protects that person from related drug possession charges.

Contact a CT Drug Possession Attorney for Help

As you can see, the penalties for drug possession can be serious. An experienced drug possession defense lawyer will know how to negotiate with prosecutors and explore alternative sentencing options. Michael R. Corsello is a highly experienced attorney who has provided high quality and aggressive criminal defense for decades. If you have been arrested for or charged with drug possession, you should not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Corsello, LLC for help today.