Each year, thousands of Connecticut citizens face charges for the possession of drugs. Whether prescription drugs or illegal ones like cocaine or heroin, you need a lawyer trained in drug defense. We are those lawyers.

Sometimes, even with a valid prescription, people get charged with the illegal possession of legal drugs. The laws are tough. Many times the prosecutors and judges don’t take the time to truly listen to your side of the story. If this happens, Ruane Attorneys can help. We advocate for our clients. We fight for them and tell the whole story to the judge and prosecutors. Also, we let them know about the facts about your arrest. This helps them understand more than the fact that you got arrested. We let them know who you are as a person, and we let them know why this won’t ever happen again.

Fighting A Charge

Just because you got charged with illegal possession of drugs in Connecticut does not mean that the law cannot protect you. We have found cases where police officers conducted illegal searches, or unconstitutional arrests. Both situations may lead to the case against you getting compromised or dropped entirely. If you have a substance abuse issue which led to your arrest we might coordinate your rehab with the best possible court resolution.

Ruane Attorneys

At Ruane Attorneys our staff of highly trained attorneys and support staff can give you the legal help you need. We can help you get your life back on track. We have a reputation for fighting for our clients and winning the tough cases. By contacting us today, you take the first step in protecting yourself. Also, you can do this without paying for an initial consultation. In this section, you can research the Connecticut drug laws. Also, read our frequently asked questions to find out what other people asked. Finally, you can read up on Connecticut court procedure so you know what will happen at your court appearance.

Each year hundreds of people charged with drug possession in Connecticut call a Ruane Attorney to defend them. Contact us today to see how we can help get you through this troubling time.

Basic Drug Crime Info

The most common drug crimes are “possession of a controlled substance” and “illegal distribution/sale of a controlled substance”.  “Possession” crimes and their penalties are defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-279.  Sale or Distribution crimes and their penalties are defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-278 (non-drug dependent) and § 21a-277 (drug dependent) respectively.

For certain categories of highly addictive drugs (narcotics, amphetamines, and hallucinogens) Connecticut has chosen to impose lighter prison sentences in lieu of treatment and rehabilitation for a defendant deemed to be “drug dependent” at the time of their sale or attempted sale of a controlled substance.  The legislature has separated the crime of “sale or distribution of a controlled substance” into two sections (§§21a-277 & 21a-278).  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-277 covers the “Penalty for illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing”, while “ Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-278 covers the “Penalty for illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription or administration by non-drug-dependent person”.  21a-278 includes those highly addictive drugs and includes enhanced penalties for having significant amounts of those drugs that the legislature has deemed inappropriate for someone who is deemed a drug dependent person.  For more information on this important distinction see the section on “the drug dependent person & alternative sentencing and treatment programs”.

In addition to these basic crimes, Connecticut seeks to protect the interests of children with the aggravating offenses contained in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-278a.  These offenses, selling to a person under 18 years of age, selling within 1500 feet of a school zone, and employing a person under 18 to sell, all carry mandatory minimum sentences to be added onto any penalties for the underlying offense.