Drug Possession & Other Drug Charges

Drug charges, felonies or misdemeanors, can have a lasting impact on your life. Jail or prison time, fines, a drug conviction on your record, and loss of your driving privilege are just some of the potential consequences.The consequences are even greater if you are under the age of 21 or have prior drug convictions already.

We have experience in obtaining favorable dispositions in drug cases. We have been successful in getting cases dismissed, getting evidence suppressed, negotiating plea agreements and placement in treatment programs that keep drug convictions off your record, and winning at trial.

Many drug charges begin with illegal searches and seizures at the hands of the police. Police are not allowed to simply search your person, your vehicle, or your property for no reason. They need to abide by strict legal formalities in order to do any of these things. If they do no abide by the rules, evidence in your case can be suppressed and you can win your case – keeping your record free of drug charges.

What You Should Do

Never consent to a search of anything. If you are contacted by the police and they want to search any of your property, politely decline their request and ask to contact an attorney immediately. If the situation persists, just be patient until you can get an attorney involved. Drug charges are often born when a suspect believes that they will “get to go home” if they just cooperate and give the police what they are asking for. In reality, that rarely happens – and you will end up with a drug charge. If you do comply with law enforcement’s request and they find a controlled substance or paraphernalia, you have just given the police the evidence they need to prosecute a drug charge against you in court.

What We Will Do

We will examine the specific facts and circumstances of your drug charge case and see if suppression is likely. If so, we will move to suppress the evidence or use those facts to gain a favorable disposition with the prosecuting attorney based on the illegal conduct by the police.

We will also determine if Drug Court is an option for your drug charge. However, a word to the wise, do not just jump at the opportunity to go into drug court because the drug charge will “stay off your record.” It is not that easy. Although drug courts vary from county to county, when you enter the program you give up certain rights that you can never get back – and some pretty lofty expectations come with the program. If you fail to comply with the program, it can result in significant sanctions that include jail time or dismissal from the program and an almost certain conviction.

We do not just plead our clients out, throw them into drug court, and wish them luck. Instead, if the program is appropriate for you and your case, we will fully explain the process to you and make sure that you understand all expectations so you do not go into the program unprepared. If drug court makes sense for you, our goal is to fully prepare you for it so you can hit the ground running and complete it with as few issues as possible.

We will work closely with you to obtain the best possible disposition on your drug charge. Call us today for a free consultation.

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