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Drug addiction is a dangerous illness that can have lasting or permanent consequences. In addition to the dire health consequences that can come from habitual drug use, the legal consequences can also be extreme. Even when an individual is found guilty of a drug-related crime and no violent offense, addicts can still find themselves serving long sentences in prison as a result of their addiction. When addicts refuse to seek help from an addiction recovery program, their chances of landing a significant prison sentence are greatly increased. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the non-violent offenses drug addicts may be charged with that can lead to years or even decades behind bars. Drug Possession This is the most common charge and the easiest to prosecute. When you are in possession of a controlled substance, you can be charged with drug possession. In 2014, according to DrugPolicy.org, 83% of all drug-related arrests were for possession only. The sentence can range anywhere from a few days to a decade or more, and may carry thousands of dollars in fines. The duration of these sentences may vary from state to state, and are dependent on the type of drug and amount possessed, as well as any existing criminal background. Drug Conspiracy A drug-related conspiracy is an agreement between two individuals to violate federal drug laws. FederalDrugCharges.net defines this as an agreement for the manufacture, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute any illegal…