Sneaking Drugs Into Jail
Posted 12/22/2013 by Mark Miclette
Information, Jail Myths and Truths, Visitation
The idea of going to jail is scary enough without the thought of having to detox once you are there. Even though withdrawal from drugs sounds horrible and you would rather avoid it, there are several reasons why trying to sneak drugs in to jail with you is a very bad idea.
New charges: Introducing contraband (in this case, drugs) to a penal facility is illegal in every state in the nation. Contraband is a term applied to things you are not supposed to have in jail such as drugs, cell phones, tobacco and paper money. If you are caught with drugs, however, you will not only pick up a contraband charge, but you are likely have a drug possession charge added, too. If you were to try to bring in enough to last for a while, you could catch a charge of Felony Possession With Intent to Sell.
Angered Judge: If there will be a court date at any point after you are incarcerated, the judge will not be pleased to hear about your contraband. Beating the charge that landed you in jail will be difficult enough without a judge learning that you have added more charges before stepping into his courtroom. District attorneys are always eager to let a judge know you have additional charges pending.
Compromised Safety: Taking drugs into a jail can be dangerous. You may think that having drugs to share will make you new friends in jail, but the opposite is usually true. Once the word is out that you brought in a stash you are apt to get attacked and robbed.
It’s Pointless: Let's say you are able to get drugs past booking, past the guards and you have them hidden from other inmates. All you have done is prolong the inevitable. If you don't get caught using while in the jail, the drugs still won't last you forever anyway. You will run out and you will have to detox, regardless. It's not worth picking up charges, angering a judge or getting beat up and robbed just to avoid detox for a few more days. It is better to go in without any contraband and talk with medical personnel about your withdrawal situation.