Being charged with a drug crime is serious and can carry serious penalties and consequences. Because the penalties can be so severe, it is important for individuals accused of committing a drug crime, and facing drug charges, are familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections.
There are different types of drug offenses, including possession, possession with the intent to distribute and drug trafficking. Drug trafficking generally involves the alleged sale of greater than 10 pounds of drugs. Individuals facing drug trafficking charges face harsh penalties and consequences that include prison time and steep fines.
It is important to be familiar with options for challenging a drug arrest and drug charges. It may be possible to challenge what police allege was reasonable suspicion to arrest the accused individual which may have led to their arrest. It may also be possible to challenge what authorities allege was probable cause for a traffic stop to pull the accused individual over which may have resulted in drug charges. In general, it may be possible to challenge the facts as alleged by police or witness statements. In addition, it may also be possible to challenge the charges if authorities failed to follow any of the procedures required to preserve the rights of the accused individual through the criminal justice process.
Drug charges are serious and are no laughing matter which is why accused individuals need to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and protections. Developing a strong criminal defense strategy may be all that stands between the accused individual and the threats they face to their freedom and future.