Many states have additional drug laws that prohibit certain drug activities in connection with real estate, and they are generally referred to as Disorderly House Laws, or Drug House Laws.

What is Considered Drug Activity?

Drug activity is a broad category, but most states define it as doing any of the following with a controlled substance:

  • Keeping, 
  • Using,
  • Selling,
  • Distributing, or
  • Manufacturing.

Controlled substances can range from narcotics like marijuana, cocaine, and heroin to industrial chemicals like mercury or benzene.

What Level of Connection do I Have to Have With Real Estate to be Guilty?

Most states only make it a crime to be in control or management of real estate where drug activity is occurring.  In deciding if you control or manage the real estate, a court will consider things like:

  • The time you have spent at the real estate,
  • How you acquired the real estate,
  • If you are renting or owning the real estate,
  • How much repairs you have put into the real estate, and
  • If you supply food to the residents of the real estate.

What are the Consequences for Drug Activity in Connection to Real Estate?

If you violate a Disorderly House Law or a Drug House Law, you have generally committed a felony and could face punishments that include:

  • Jail time, ranging from 2 to 10 years,
  • Fines, ranging from $1,000 to $1,000,000,
  • Community service, usually no less than 30 days, or
  • Condemnation of the real estate.

You may also be found guilty of other drug crimes depending on the drug activity you are involved in.

Do I Need an Attorney if I am Charged With Drug Activity in Relation to Real Estate?

It is highly recommended that you contact a criminal defense attorney if you are charged with violating a Disorderly Home Law or a Drug Home Law because of the severity of the crime and only an criminal attorney will be able to properly defend you.