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In Connecticut, drug possession can be a violation, misdemeanor, or felony. The level it's charged at depends on several factors, including the type and amount of drug, the defendant's criminal history, and the location of the offense. In any case, the conviction penalties are harsh and can include high fines and/or incarceration. Additionally, if a judge finds the defendant to be a drug-dependent person, they may order the defendant to a substance abuse treatment program. As with any conviction, being found guilty of possessing drugs can tarnish a person's reputation and make it challenging for them to move on with their life even after paying their dues. Because the immediate and long-term impacts of a drug possession conviction are so steep, if you've been accused, retain legal services as soon as possible.

At the Law Office of James A. Saraceni, we have over 40 years of legal experience. Our Norwalk drug possession lawyer also served as a police officer for 27 years. Thus, we know the law and the legal system inside and out. Throughout your case, we can be your aggressive defender, providing the tenacious guidance you need to fight your charge.

Tell us your side of the story during a free consultation by calling (203) 883-0722 or submitting an online contact form today.

Defending Against Drug Possession Charges

Under CGS § 21a-279, it's illegal for any person to possess any amount of a controlled substance. Someone may be said to be in possession of a drug if they have it on their person or under their control. Having a drug under one's control means that they know where it is and can access it.

For the prosecutor to obtain a conviction, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The defendant knowingly possessed a drug;
  • They knew what type of substance they had; and
  • The drug was a controlled substance

Simple possession is a Class A misdemeanor. For a first offense, a judge can sentence a defendant to up to 1 year in prison. If the defendant is a repeat offender, the judge may order them to complete a substance abuse program instead of incarceration.

Enhanced penalties may be imposed if the drug was possessed within 1,500 feet of a:

  • Elementary or secondary school; or
  • Licensed child care center.

Challenging Accusations of Possessing a Small Amount of Cannabis

The penalties imposed for simple possession do not apply if the defendant had more than 1/2 ounce but less than 4 ounces of a cannabis-type substance. In such a situation, if the prosecutor can prove that the defendant possessed that amount of the drug, they may be convicted of a violation.

In Connecticut, violations are penalized by fines only, and those for cannabis possession include:

  • First offense: $150
  • Subsequent offense: Between $200 and $500

Fighting Allegations of Possession with Intent to Sell

The most serious possession offense is when the defendant had the drugs and intended to sell them, meaning they were going to exchange the substance for something of value. Such a crime is a felony. The penalties that can be imposed depend on the type of drug allegedly involved in the offense.

If the controlled substance was a narcotic or hallucinogen, the punishments are as follows:

  • First offense:
    • Up to 15 years' imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $50,000 in fines
  • Second offense:
    • Up to 30 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $100,000 in fines
  • Third or subsequent offense:
    • Up to 30 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $250,000 in fines

If the controlled substance was other than a narcotic or hallucinogen, the punishments include:

  • First offense:
    • Up to 7 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $25,000 in fines
  • Second or subsequent offense:
    • Up to 15 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $100,000 in fines

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

At the Law Office of James A. Saraceni, we provide the personalized representation you need to fight your charge. Our drug possession lawyer in Norwalk will hear you out and diligently prepare your defense. We can zealously advocate for you as we seek a favorable outcome in your case.

If you're ready to discuss your legal options, call us at (203) 883-0722 or contact us online.


  • James A. Saraceni is a former police officer.
  • We offer free consultations to all our clients.
  • Put 40 years of legal experience on your side.
  • We offer flexible appointment hours.
  • We are committed to the best possible outcome.