Drug crime is acts or omissions that violate laws related to substances classified as illicit or “controlled” at the federal and/or state levels, and that may be prosecuted and punished.
Drug Crime FAQs
Determining whether your offense is serious enough to be a felony involves looking at the amount and type of the drug.
12.7% of arrests in 2012 were for drug offenses. 17-18% of inmates say that they committed their primary crime in order to purchase drugs.
At the state level, 14.5% of Florida inmates committed drug crimes as their primary offense. However, when federal prisons are included, 1 in 5 inmates violated drug laws.
Approximately 3 in 5 people charged with crimes test positive for illicit drugs at the time of arrest.
A nonviolent drug offender is someone charged with a crime involving a controlled substance, in the absence of any destructive physical force.
17% of people who are incarcerated in the United States at the state and federal levels were convicted of drug crime as their primary offense.
Almost half a million people are imprisoned in the United States and US territories for drug offenses.
A felony drug charge can result in a sentence as extensive as life in prison, but there are limits based on the drug type and amount – and what a person was doing with it.