Drug use often starts as a recreational activity and over time may become an addiction. Addiction is a powerful mental illness that alters the normal functioning of the brain and tricks it to believe it can’t function effectively in the absence of the abused substance.
Addiction can be quite powerful as it can impair a person’s ability to think and act the normal way. For civilians, the consequences of alcohol or drug use can be mild, however, for military servicemen and women, the consequences could be brutal and much more severe.
The military requires its members to be at alert and ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice, sadly, drug use can hinder this requirement. This is because oftentimes, these substances are known to inhibit a person’s naturally sharp reflexes, cause slow assimilation of information, affect the ability to make instant decisions, and more.
Therefore, being caught in possession of drugs or using drugs in the military attracts severe consequences.
What Are Military Drug Charges?
As a member of the military, you are prohibited from the possession, use, and distribution of controlled substances as provided by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
This law cut across all the branches of the military which means that you will be faced with severe consequences if you are caught on a military base with illegal drugs.
Seeing as the military has zero-tolerance for drug use, possession, distribution, as well as other drug-related offenses, a person arrested in connection with this crime or crimes may expect to be charged and/or convicted of these offenses.
If the culprit were a military serving member, such a person will automatically be dismissed and may lose his or her freedom.
The zero-tolerance for drugs and drug use does not only affect actively serving members or those on a military base, other reasons may spark a military drug charge, and these include;
– Getting caught in possession of banned drug-related paraphernalia
– Testing positive for an illegal or banned substance
– Tampering with a drug test
– Refusing to submit to a random drug test
– Getting caught possessing illicit drugs
– Distribution, cultivation, sale, or trafficking of illegal substances
A person who has been arrested for violating the military drug use policy may be faced with one or more of the six possible drug cases under Article 112(a) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. These cases include;
– Wrongful use of illegal substances
– Possession of illegal substance with intent to distribute
– Wrongful distribution
– Wrongful manufacture, with intent to distribute
– Wrongful introduction, with intent to distribute
– Wrongful exportation or importation of illegal substances.
Anybody facing any of these charges will be punished harshly if convicted of the crime. Convicts face penalties that include one or more of the following;
– Dishonorable discharge
– Prison time
The military can decide to strip a serving member of all of his or her association with the military if found guilty of drug crimes.
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