Have you been accused of a crime that was committed under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or was motivated by your need to feed your addiction?
If you or a loved one is facing jail time because of a crime committed while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you’re not the only one who’s experienced the same problem.
Far too many people are negatively affected by the acts that can take place when under the influence. After all, you’re out of your right, conscious, aware mind.
You may be accused of a crime that’s totally beside your normal actions or character, hardly even being able to recall the periods of time when the alleged crime took place.
We’re going to take a closer look at the different types of crimes that are associated with drug or alcohol abuse. But even more importantly, we’re also going to cover the different ways that a skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to save you from potential imprisonment!
The Different Types of Crimes Associated with Drug Abuse
The relationship between drugs and criminal activity is complex, but they almost always go hand-in-hand. It may be difficult to generalize whether or not the use of drugs ignites criminal activity besides the use of illegal drugs, or if being involved in criminal activity leaves people subject to drug abuse.
However, many people in law enforcement and addiction specialists find this relationship to be inevitable.Typically, drug-related crimes fall under these three categories:
- Use-Related crimes: A crime where the defendant has ingested the drug and acted while out of control of their mind, making unconscious decisions that lead to the crime.
- Economic-Related crime: A crime committed to fund the drug habit. This typically happens to offenders that have been addicts for a long period of time, and they are looking to maintain their habit, even at their own or surrounding people’s expense.
- System-Related crime: These are crimes that result from the structure of the drug system. This could be from how a drug is produced or sold. A common system-related crime is a turf war or a violent crime that takes place because of where and how the drugs are distributed.
Now that you’re familiar with how the court may categorize you your loved one’s case, we’ll explain a few examples of each type of crime to help you get a better idea.
One example of a use-related crime may be a car accident that is a direct result of drunk driving. If the dependent has a clean record and ends up causing a wreck that only harms themselves and their vehicle, the court is more likely to consider court-appointed rehab to correct the behavior that caused the accident.
However, if a life is lost due to drunk driving, the court may not be as lenient, requiring that some time is served in order to set an example (and also to be fair to the decedent’s family and loved ones).
There are several factors that play into whether you or your loved one could face jail time rather than rehabilitation treatment.
Far too many women and children become intertwined in the judicial system because of economic-related crimes. Substance abuse can have a strong hold on people, causing them to act out of their normal character just to fund their habit. Plus, many people subject themselves to lewd acts to fuel their supply, acts that they use drugs to cope with.
For instance, many women will prostitute themselves in order to fund their drug habit. There have also been cases where parents and guardians will offer children for sexual acts in order to fund their own drug habits. Typically, when men are severely addicted to drugs, they will result to theft or armed robbery to fund their drug habit as well.
No matter how unfortunate the circumstances may be, there are countless addicts who will stop at nothing to fund their drug habit.
As mentioned above, these types of crimes are a direct result of the way that drugs are administered or produced. These crimes can even be gang-related, as many gangs acquire large amounts of income through drug money.
In many cases, violent acts come about because of “turf wars” or group fighting and retaliating over an area that allows for high drug traffic.
Other system-related crimes may be possession of the illegal substances and manufacturing with intent to sell. At any level though, being associated with illegal drugs is a very quick way to end up in the criminal justice system.
This is especially true when you don’t have the right attorney representing you with your best, long-term interest in mind.
Who is Typically Affected by Drug-Related Crimes?
Truthfully, anyone can be affected by a drug or alcohol-related crime, but there are several demographics that stand out more than others.
When it comes to drugs and drug dependency, women and children can easily become victims of the sex-industry to maintain a drug habit, as mentioned above when discussing economic-related crimes.
However, when it comes to alcohol-related crimes, there tends to be a high number of college students that are impacted. When you think of the college lifestyle, you think of studying, probably eating ramen noodles, and building relationships that can last a lifetime.
However, these same aspects of college can cause some people to steer off onto the wrong path. The same stressors that are challenging them in school can be too much for some people to handle, pushing them to turn to a substance as a way of escaping their worries.
The same thing can happen from being financially unstable. Plus, while you’re trying to make friends and fit in, there may be a lot of pressure to try new drugs or drink without abandon.
When college students are tried for criminal acts (especially when it’s their first offense), a criminal defense attorney can help the court understand that they still have a bright future ahead of them with the help of a little rehabilitation treatment rather than time served!