There are many types of crimes that can result from being in possession of drugs.
Some examples of Drug Crimes are:
Possessing marijuana or drug paraphernalia which is punishable by up to a year in jail.
Possessing cocaine, methadone, xanax, or oxycodone without a prescription is punishable by up to five years in jail.
Possessing an illegal substance under circumstances where it can be argued that you intended to sell it or actually selling drugs is punishable by up to fifteen years in jail.
Selling or possessing large quantities of drugs is called Trafficking and is punishable by up to thirty years and can carry from a three year minimum up to a twenty-five year minimum in prison.
Did you know?
If you are convicted of a drug offense, you will lose your driver’s license for two years. You must receive a withhold of adjudication to avoid this penalty.
The police must weigh and test the drugs in your case if you are charged with trafficking. Quite often the police will not weigh drugs correctly or might not protect them from being tampered with. Your lawyer can file motions to address these issues on your behalf.
The best way to attack drug cases is to challenge how the police found the evidence. If you were illegally searched or stopped without cause, you may be able to get the drugs suppressed, or kicked out of court. If the drugs are kicked out the State cannot prove a drug case.
Under certain conditions, you may be able to apply for a program where you can get your drug charges dismissed completely, and have no criminal record.
If the police find drugs in a location where there is more than one person, they must prove that the people who were present knew that the drugs were there. This is called a constructive possession defense and can be very effectively used to dismiss a drug case.
If you have a drug addiction, you may be able to get a lower sentence from the judge to allow you to get help if that is what you need.
Have you been charged with a drug offense?
Teresa Williams has litigated hundreds of drug cases with exceptionally successful results. You need an experienced attorney with the legal knowledge to challenge the evidence and the actions of the police in your case. Call now to schedule a free consultation with Teresa Williams to see if you have a Motion to Suppress or a constructive possession defense.