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Last Updated on: 17th October 2023, 06:00 pm
Getting busted with drugs can be scary. The thought of going to jail is enough to make anyone freak out. But don’t panic! There are things a good lawyer can do to help you avoid time behind bars.
The most important thing is to get a lawyer on your side asap. Don’t say anything to the cops without your lawyer present! That’s your right under the 5th Amendment.
A lawyer will look at the specifics of your case. Were you caught with a small, personal use amount? Or a distribution quantity? Where were the drugs found? In your pocket, your car, your home? Understanding the details helps build the best defense.
For example, if a small baggie was found in your car, your lawyer could argue it belonged to someone else. This “someone else’s drugs” defense works better than claiming personal use.
How did the police find the drugs? Was it through an illegal search? If so, a good lawyer can get the evidence thrown out. Then there’s no case against you.
Common illegal searches include:
If the search was illegal, a lawyer can file a “motion to suppress evidence.” If granted, it means the drugs can’t be used against you.
Rather than go to trial, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea deal. This involves pleading guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. The two main types of plea deals are:
Over 90% of criminal cases end with a plea deal. They avoid the risk of trial and help both sides.
Many first-time offenders can enter a diversion program. These are like probation, with conditions you must complete. Once finished, the charges are dismissed and leave your record.
Common requirements are drug counseling, community service, and random drug tests. As long as you satisfy the conditions, you avoid conviction.
Diversion is a great option for those with substance abuse issues. The counseling addresses the root cause of criminal behavior.
After an arrest, a judge decides whether to grant bail at a hearing. This allows you to get out of jail while your case proceeds.
A lawyer will argue for low or no bail. They’ll present factors like your ties to the community, steady employment, and lack of criminal history.
Having a lawyer greatly improves your chances of bail. Without one, you may get stuck in jail awaiting trial.
If a plea deal can’t be reached, your case may go to trial. A lawyer will thoroughly prepare your defense strategy. The goal is to create enough “reasonable doubt” for an acquittal.
Common drug defense arguments include:
Your lawyer may also challenge the drug testing or police testimony. Anything to weaken the prosecution’s case for a conviction.
If found guilty, your lawyer advocates for the lightest sentence possible. They present mitigating factors like:
Judges have wide discretion in sentencing. A good lawyer uses every angle to keep you out of jail.
If jail time can’t be avoided, some jurisdictions have drug court programs. These blend judicial supervision with substance abuse treatment.
You plead guilty and enter an intensive outpatient program. The court monitors your progress through drug tests and status hearings.
Successful completion results in dismissal of charges. Fail the program and you serve a predetermined jail sentence.
Drug courts aim to address addiction issues behind drug crimes. Lawyers help negotiate entry into these rehab-focused programs.
Trying to navigate drug charges solo is scary and unwise. The legal system is complex. Police and prosecutors want convictions and don’t have your best interest at heart.
Having an experienced criminal lawyer in your corner evens the odds. They know how to protect your rights, avoid risky trials, and get charges reduced or dismissed. They can advise if pleading guilty makes sense and help minimize sentences.
So take a deep breath. Your life isn’t over! With a good lawyer’s help, you can move past this mistake and avoid jail time. The future is still bright – you’ve just got to get the right legal help.
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