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As drug defense lawyers, our services are required if you have been charged with a crime involving the possession, or intent to distribute, drugs. If you have been charged with the possession of drugs, either for personal use or if the prosecution believes that you had an intent to sell them, you will need a criminal defense attorney who can properly apply the right defenses to your case. There are different approaches that can be taken toward the charges based on their seriousness, the amount of drugs in your possession at the time of arrest, and numerous other circumstances. Typically, there are a few defenses we can go to if we believe there is a case to be made for overzealous law enforcement endeavors. These include the following:
The Drugs Aren’t Yours: You could be arrested and charged with a drug crime for doing something as simple as carrying your roommate’s prescription drugs. You could also be charged if your friend left drugs in your car, etc. As drug defense lawyers we can work to gather the evidence necessary to demonstrate that the drugs were never yours.
Entrapment: If there will be entrapment defense, as a rule of thumb, it is the government or law enforcement officials who provided the drugs involved in the case. In an entrapment situation, law enforcement officials will put pressure on an informant to induce a suspect to commit a criminal act. While government officials are perfectly at liberty to conduct sting operations, the courts frown upon government or law enforcement officials from providing the drugs and then putting pressure on the suspect to commit a crime that they might not otherwise have committed.
The Drugs Aren’t What They Seem or Are Missing: In order to prove that a drug crime has occurred, it is the job of the prosecutor and law enforcement to demonstrate that the evidence is in fact an illicit drug. In order to do this, the seized substance has to be sent to a crime lab for analysis, and the crime lab must verify and then testify at the trial. This is absolutely required in order for the prosecution to prove the drug case. In the absence of a proper crime lab analysis or a technician to testify, it can be shown that the drugs weren’t exactly what they seem to be at the time of the arrest. Simultaneously, a lab report can also be disputed since they are not always 100 percent accurate. As your drug defense lawyers, we will pressure the law enforcement to produce the exact drugs for which you are being charged. A failure to produce those exact drugs can result in the charges being dismissed, which is why we will never assume that the drugs still exist as evidence once the trial begins.
You Need a Plan
Even if none of these common defenses apply to your particular case, you need a plan for how you will fight the charges levied against you. This is critical and as drug defense lawyers we will work with you to establish one when initially retained. We can then work to gather the evidence necessary to present a strong defense. For help with your case, call our office and schedule your consultation.