Drug Charges Explained:
Drug Charges, include possession of heroin, prescription medication, LSD, mushrooms, opioids, (including: codeine, fennel, hydrocodone, methadone, meperidine, hydrocodone), ecstasy.
How Can an Attorney Help you with Drug Charges:
Drug charges are felony charges which are very serious. A good attorney can make a big difference in your case, from having the case dismissed to obtaining a sentence where the case will be completely dismissed after a certain period of time.
5 Steps in Fighting a Drug Charge:
- Determine if the reason the police stopped you was legal. Many times the police suspect a person of doing something, but do not have enough to actually stop someone to talk with them. If the police officer stops you without a proper reason, this stop and the evidence obtained, (the drug) cannot be used against you in court. However, the police officer does not admit they did not have a good reason, what they do is they make up a reason. For example, they may say your license plate light was out, when it was working, or that you were speeding, when you were not. It is my job as an attorney to show the court that the reason was pre-textual, (false), and the evidence should be excluded.
- File motion to challenge the stop even if there evidence is not all on our side. Even if the stop and to search seems proper, I file motions to challenge the stop. This action has the effect of letting the prosecutor know that, no matter how solid of a case they think they have, I could still have the case dismissed.
- Determine if the prosecutor will agree to a disposition that would greatly benefit my client. For example, in some courthouses “Drug School” is an option. Drug school is a one day, several hour class that a client attends and once it is over, the case in court will be dismissed. Other options include having the charge reduced to a misdmeanor and obtaining court supervision, or a certain type of probation that allows the entire case to be dismissed once the client successfully completes the probation or allows the case to be expunged (completely removed from a client’s record), after a certain period of time.
- If the prosecutor in the court room in unwilling to offer a disposition that is acceptable, writing a mitigation letter to the supervising prosecutor may be an option.
- Finally, conducting hearings and a trial to show the court that the police officer’s actions were not proper or that my client is not guilty of the charges.
For more specific information and to review the facts of your case, call Attorney Young for a no-obligation consultation.