Drug Possession Crimes in Romania
Recreational drug possession is not allowed in Romania, regardless of type or quantity.
Holding a small quantity of light drugs may not be heavily prosecuted, but it is still a crime under the Romanian Criminal Code.
Drugs are classified as low risk and high risk, depending on their potential to create addiction.
Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession
Depending on the type of drugs, the penalty for possession can be imprisonment of up to 3 years.
Possession of low-risk drugs holds a penalty of 3 months to 2 years imprisonment or a penal fine. On the other hand, possession of high-risk drugs holds a penalty of 6 months to 3 years.
Of the most known drug types, cannabis is classified as a low-risk drug. Ecstasy, cocaine and heroin are all classified as high-risk drugs in Romania.
Difference Between Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking
It is important to know that sharing drugs with others is incriminated as trafficking and not simply drug possession. Whether you are sharing drugs for free or not is largely irrelevant under the current regulation.
In this respect, drug possession’s main characteristic is that you are holding drugs for personal use. Therefore, sharing them with others will not be seen as possession, but as trafficking.
Quantity Limits of Drug Possession
While there are no fixed limits for the quantity of drugs you can hold, a large quantity of drugs may be seen as drug possession with intent to distribute. While this may sound like the same thing, it is not and possession with intent to distribute will be prosecuted as drug trafficking.
What To Do If You Are Caught Holding Drugs
If you get caught with drugs for your own use, it is important to know that cases like that don’t always end with a trial. If the quantity of drugs is small and clearly destined to personal use, such cases can end during the investigation phase, before actually being sent to trial.
On the other hand, drug possession is not difficult to prove. This is why investigators may not call you again after the initial statements. Our advice is to not just forget about the case. You might find yourself on trial without having been able to benefit from the options to end the case earlier. You can click here to find out more about criminal trials in Romania.
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