The first thing you should do after being charged with a drug crime

Drug crimes are harshly prosecuted in the United States. A conviction for drug possession, trafficking, distribution or related crimes may land you in prison for a long time. If you have been charged, your freedom and your future are on the line.

So what's the first thing you should do after you have been arrested?

Let's start with what not to do: Do not talk to the police. Law enforcement officers have one goal: To gather evidence against you.

Remember: You have a Constitutional right to remain silent. No matter how hard the police try to get you to talk - even if they threaten you - you need to exercise your right to remain silent.

Instead of giving police officers what they want - incriminating information - you should get a lawyer on your side.

A criminal defense lawyer can step in and protect your rights from the time of your arrest to the finalization of your case. While the criminal law process may be unfamiliar to you - it will not be unfamiliar to your attorney. Choosing an attorney who has significant experience in criminal defense is key.

Whether you have been accused of possessing a small amount of marijuana, manufacturing meth, or transporting a large amount of cocaine across state lines - the stakes are high. You should talk to a criminal defense attorney before you talk to the police.

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