Every year, countless people all across Manhattan are charged and convicted of marijuana possession. The sad reality is that many of these people are innocent, but they lacked the type of criminal defense attorney fighting on their behalf that is necessary to prevail in a court of law. While it is true that we are a nation where the accused are to be viewed as innocent until proven guilty, the system is often stacked against those charged with a drug related offense. If that is where you find yourself right now, consider the following four reasons why you really need a Manhattan marijuana defense lawyer.
You Simply Did Not Commit the Crime
It is true that many people charged with such a crime simply did not commit it in the first place. Be it a misunderstanding or what have you, such a charge is nonetheless extremely serious. If you have not committed the crime, you might feel that you have nothing to worry about and opt to try to settle the matter on your own. This could be a mistake. There is a reason that you were charged in the first place. Law enforcement officials do not necessarily like to admit that they made an error, so you can bet the prosecution will continue unless a qualified and professional fighting on your behalf can make the charges go away before trial.
Criminal Convictions Affect Future Employment Opportunities
It might be hard to believe, but roughly 20 percent of the adult population in this area has a criminal conviction on their record. This is a staggering statistic. For each of these individuals, however, they can tell you that such a conviction limits their employment opportunities. For this reason alone, you will want to fight the charges. Even if you are just sentenced to probation or a small prison sentence, you will find that the stigma will fall you around for the rest of your life when you go to fill out applications for employment.
One Criminal Possession Conviction Can Ruin Your Life
Laws in New York governing marijuana possession are strict. Depending on the amount you have in your possession at the time of arrest, you could be charged with anything from misdemeanor possession to having an actual felony charge of drug trafficking. You are often at the mercy of law enforcement and the prosecutors office in this regard. A lawyer can help negotiate terms of the charge and work to prove your innocence. Just one criminal possession conviction on your record can ruin your life, so make sure to have an attorney working on your behalf to keep that from happening.
Subsequent Convictions Can Add Years to the Sentence
If you happen to already have a drug possession charge on your record, a subsequent arrest can significantly raise the stakes. Sentences can be raised substantially to the point that you could be looking at decades behind bars. You cannot under estimate the importance of having a professional criminal defense attorney in such cases. You need to fight this and prove your innocence or get the charges reduced.
These are just four of the many reasons why you need to have a criminal defense attorney fighting on your side. The stakes are simply too high to trust just anybody. As soon as you have been charged with marijuana possession, no matter how major or minor the charge itself might seem to be, contact our office for help. We will put our years of experience and our speciality in the field to come to your prompt and speedy defense.
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