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Overcoming drug charges from the legal front

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2020 | Firm News

Law enforcement members must perform their jobs thoroughly, carefully and legally. One misstep or one dishonest cop can upend any arrest and chance for a conviction. For these authorities, toeing the line and working by the book are idioms to which they must subscribe.

This legal necessity applies to all criminal scenarios, especially drug-related cases. Anyone arrested on a drug charge understands that they face a conviction leading to incarceration, probation and fines. But there are ways to fight these charges based on whether the arrest occurred on a technicality or blatant abuse by arresting officers

Was it a legal arrest?

A drug conviction can upend your life. It can affect you, your family as well as your ability to secure a job since employers are thorough with background checks. By working with a skilled criminal defense attorney, you may achieve a more palatable result such as reduced charges or a dismissal.

Here are some things that can work in your favor. They include whether the:

  • Arresting officer followed the law. If he or she did not, the case can get thrown out by the court.
  • Arrest involved a reasonable search and seizure.
  • Drugs were planted in your home, vehicle or on your body.
  • Drugs belonged to someone else and not you.
  • Amount of confiscated drugs in question were small or large.
  • Criminal charge represented the first one on your record.

A drug arrest can happen to a variety of people, including college students, working-class mothers and fathers as well as executives and seniors. If you find yourself in this predicament, working with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney remains a solid initial step. It is an investment that might help you.