Drug offenses are one of the most widely prosecuted crimes in our State courts today. These crimes also make up a large percentage of cases in the Federal courts. The quantity and purpose of possession, such as possession for sale rather than possession for use, determine the range of punishment.
Types of Offenses
Generally, these cases are defended by making a motion in court to suppress the evidence based on lack of a warrant, or lack of probable cause. These motions are called “suppression motions”. They are argued when there is a violation of the person’s Fourth Amendment rights. When these motions are granted in a drug case, it almost always results in the case being dismissed.
The prosecution must also prove every essential element of possession. If the prosecutor cannot prove each of the following, the defendant is not guilty. The elements are:
The consequences of a conviction for drug offenses ranges from probation to lengthy prison sentences, depending on the type and quantity of drugs, and the person’s prior criminal record.
Some states offer alternatives to incarceration, such as drug programs. Once successfully completed, the drug charge is dismissed. The defendant thus gets a new start on life, free of any criminal record.
At the law office of Timothy M. Farris, it is our goal to represent our clients as aggressively as possible to ensure fair and impartial treatment under the law. After evaluating your case, our legal team will make use of every tool available to protect your rights.
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