Many Kentucky residents assume that heroin users are usually lower earners or people just seeking an ephemeral high. However, the drug doesn’t confine itself to any particular social strata. Many doctors, bankers and other professionals who started out using painkillers have fallen under its sway.

Economic status doesn’t matter

The fact remains that the possession and sale of heroin are illegal under both Kentucky and federal statutes. Law enforcement authorities generally don’t take economic status into account when they are placing you under arrest for allegedly violating these laws. In the same fashion, judges generally don’t consider such issues when handing down a sentence.

An illegal narcotic

The pertinent provisions of the Kentucky Revised Statutes treat the possession of heroin as a Class D felony in the case of a first offender. Subsequent offenses are considered to be a Class C felony. The penalties for the distribution of heroin are stricter. A first offense is a Class C felony, and subsequent offenses are treated as a Class B felony. Those penalties are the same regardless of the age of the purchaser. However, if the sale is made within 1,000 yards of a school, the penalty can be higher.

Dealing with possession charges

There are many circumstances under which you can be taken into custody and charged with drug possession. It could be as a result of a traffic stop, a visit by law enforcement to your residence for other purposes or an informant’s tip. In any event, the penalties if a conviction is obtained can have an adverse effect on your life that extends far beyond potential incarceration and fines. Accordingly, if you are in this position, you may find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney at the earliest possible opportunity.