DEVISING A DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR DRUG CHARGES
Being accused of a drug crime is a serious matter, as these criminal allegations can carry harsh penalties. Additionally, just being accused of these crimes can impact one’s personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is vital to explore defense options, regardless of one’s criminal history. This could help reduce the drug charges or even help clear a person’s name.
However, clearing one’s name means devising a strong defense. Thus, it is important to explore what options one typically has when facing drug possession charges. To begin, one could challenge the legality of the evidence due to an unlawful search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment protects against unlawful searches and seizures; therefore, if the proper steps were not taken, then it may be possible to suppress evidence that was obtained during an illegal search.
The accused could also assert that the drugs are not theirs. Claiming that they were not aware of the drugs in their vehicle or home because the drugs belong to someone else could help dismiss the charges against them. Depending on the details of the matter, a defendant may have more than one defense option that could benefit them.
Whether it is a minor possession charge or a more serious offense, it is important to consider what defense options are available. This means understanding the charges against you, the evidence used against you, mitigating and aggravating factors and other elements. This information could help with an aggressive defense that assists with the reduction or dismissal of the charges.