If the police arrest you and charge you with a drug offense, it can a harrowing and unsettling experience. You may have heard accounts of other people who served time for drug crimes they claim had nothing to do with them.
It is important to avoid panicking and consult an attorney as soon as possible. They will look at your case and investigate the best way to defend you against the allegations.
What are some typical defenses against drug charges?
Here are some things they may consider:
- What evidence does the police have? Law authorities might suspect you of drug trafficking and distribution. Yet, without solid proof, suspicion counts for little. Officials might claim they have evidence that they do not possess to encourage people to talk.
- How did officers gain that evidence? The police must adhere to specific protocols when searching people or property. Generally, they will need to have probable cause if they want to stop you and search you. If they want to enter your home, they need a search warrant.
- How does any evidence relate to you? Something found in your car or your apartment might not belong to you. Often multiple people have access to vehicles and buildings.
- How did the police arrest you? If law enforcement officials decide to arrest you, there are again specific ways of doing this, which are unacceptable. Many people have walked free due to errors in how police arrested them.
If arrested for drug charges, there are some things you can do to help yourself. Stay calm, refrain from saying too much and exercise your right to speak to an attorney. These three actions will increase your chance of defending against the charges. Reacting badly or panicking could make the prosecution’s job easier or lead to additional charges.