If a Nebraska resident is found to be in possession of a controlled substance, he or she could receive an unlawful possession charge. In addition to drugs themselves, those who illegally possess a handgun or drug paraphernalia can also face charges. How much of an illegal item a person possesses will partially determine the severity of the charge or if other charges are introduced.
For example, someone who is found with a large amount of marijuana could be considered to be engaged in drug trafficking. The type of drug a person is found with can also determine the type of sentence a person faces if convicted on a possession charge. As a general rule, the penalties for marijuana possession are lower than those for heroin or crack. A person found with heroin or other narcotics may be charged with a felony.
Authorities can add possession charges to individuals caught stealing or attempting to steal. This could also happen if a person is found to have stolen money to buy drugs or for any other purpose. If a person does have money that does not belong to him or her, that may result in a larceny charge in addition to any other charges that are relevant in a given matter.
Those who are charged with drug possession may face problems in their personal and professional lives. For example, a conviction could lead to a job loss or loss of parental rights. It could also result in spending time in jail or paying a fine. Court costs and legal fees may add to the financial ramifications of a drug charge. An attorney may take steps to suppress evidence or cast doubt on witness testimony in an effort to obtain a favorable outcome for a defendant.