A drug is any biological substance that is consumed for non-dietary or non-medical purposes. In China, drugs are categorized as legal or illegal. Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, or unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin. National statues strictly prohibit the use, manufacture, or distribution of all illegal drugs. If a person uses, sells, possesses, or manufactures an illegal drug, he/she can be charged with a drug crime.
Drug crimes are very serious in nature and should never be taken lightly. A person who is charged with a drug crime faces life-changing legal consequences, even death penalty or capital punishment. In China, drug crimes are prosecuted severely by law enforcement and prosecutors. Due to a continual increase in drug related crimes, the Public Security Police have adopted firmer drug laws and legal punishments.
Types of Drug Crimes
There are many types of drug crimes. The most common drug crimes in China include: drug possession, drug possession with intent to sale, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution.
• Drug possession is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession for personal use, for sale, or for distribution.
• Drug possession with intent to distribute is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession with the intention of selling the narcotics. If a person is found guilty of drug possession with intent to sell to a minor (person below the legal age of 18), he/she faces enhanced criminal charges and sentencing.
• Drug manufacturing is the crime of producing unlawful controlled substances.
• Drug distribution is the crime of smuggling, transporting, or delivering illegal narcotics.
China Drug Crime Punishments
When a person is charged with a drug crime, law enforcement will take into consideration the type of drug possessed, the quantity of the drug possessed, the purpose of the drug’s possession, and if the drug was distributed to minors. A person may have his/her charges enhanced if he/she used minors to distribute drugs, sold to minors, or sold drugs on school property.
A person that is charged with a drug crime such as drug possession, drug distribution, or drug manufacturing, faces a variety of punishments if convicted. Convicted drug offenders may be sentenced with:
• Monetary fines
• Court mandated drug rehabilitative programs
• Drug offender registration
• Community service
• Death Penalty
China Drug Trafficking Defense Lawyer
If you or friends have been charged with a drug crime in China, it is to your advantage to speak with a qualified drug crime attorney. If convicted, you will face life altering punishments. You cannot afford to take your drug crime charges lightly. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights are not violated and that you receive the legal representation you need to successfully combat your drug charges. One of the most serious types of drug offenses is drug trafficking. From low-level traffickers to the masterminds of the operations, our lawyers represent clients at every stage of the alleged trafficking operation. Our attorneys handle drug trafficking and other drug-related cases across courts. This allows us to address any type of drug charges you may be facing.
We criminal defense lawyers are skilled trial attorneys, having taken numerous drug trafficking and other criminal cases to trial in front of a judge. When it is in our client's best interests, our lawyers may try to reach a resolution to the case with the prosecution outside of court. However, this is not always the case. To ensure our clients receive fair treatment and have their rights fully protected, we are prepared to go to court on any trafficking or related matter, such as manufacturing, smuggling, illegal drug trade or violation of legal guidelines.
Our lawyers pride themselves on their experience with drug trafficking cases. Our lawyers excel at being able to apply the national sentencing guidelines. This skill has been developed through years of handling trafficking and other drug charges. A member of our legal team can meet with you, review the drug charges you are facing and determine the best way in which to handle the case. In China, drug charges are divided into different penalty groups -- groups one through four. The type of penalty group depends on the type of drug that was being trafficked. Each of the different penalty groups carries varying sentencing guidelines, up to life in prison and death penalty.
In many cases, there will be a range of other types of charges that the District Attorney may attempt to apply to your case. These can include:
- Firearm violations
- Mail and wire fraud
- Tax evasion
- Money laundering
Contact our Guangzhou drug trafficking lawyer and Guangzhou criminal defense lawyer early. The early we step in, the more likely we can help you.