Drug Possession: Simple Possession

21 U.S.C. § 844 (2005).

The Crime

Generally, under section 844, it is a crime for a person to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance. 21 U.S.C. § 844(a)

The Punishment

A violation of mere possession is typically punished by

  • imprisonment for not more than 1 year, a fine of at least $1,000, or both. Id. § 844(a).