If you have been arrested for a drug crime, you need an experienced attorney to defend you in court. When it comes to the courtroom, the government holds all of the power and financial resources. A talented lawyer can help you fight against the drug charges and challenge the prosecutor's evidence.
Drug Crimes Require Unique Defense TacticsFor most crimes, the government learns about the crime and investigates afterward. Unlike murder or theft, drug crimes are investigated before they occur. Normally, the government picks an individual or group to target. Then, they work to investigate these individuals. Sometimes, they use questionable techniques to entrap the individual.
Because of this, it is important for you to get professional representation in the courtroom. Drug crimes can be difficult to defend against. If your lawyer can challenge the government's evidence, it may positively affect the outcome of your case. In most cases, the best thing you can do is refuse to talk to the government without your attorney present.
Your lawyer can talk to you about the following defense strategies and help you decide which one is the right choice for your case.
- Illegal surveillance: There are rules about when law enforcement officials can conduct surveillance. If they do not have a legal purpose, they cannot use their surveillance results in court.
- Illegal stop and search: If you are stopped by a law enforcement official, they must have a legal reason for doing so.
- Lack of possession: For drug cases, the prosecutor must prove that you were in possession of the drug. If you had it temporarily or were unaware of your possession, their case against you will fall apart.
- Legal possession: If you were in possession of marijuana for legal purposes, the prosecutor should not be able to charge you.
- Invalid search warrant: Police officers must have a valid search warrant to search your property. This means that the warrant cannot include incomplete information, and the police officer must stick to the scope of the warrant. Likewise, they must execute the warrant in a timely fashion and have probable cause.
An Attorney Can Build Evidence to Support Your Case
The legal system is complex, so you need someone who is familiar with drug cases. Your attorney knows how to interview witnesses, collect evidence, and lock in favorable witness statements. In addition, your attorney is experienced with filing legal documents and successfully arguing cases in court.
If you have been arrested for a crime, Schweitzer & Davidian can help. We have years of experience helping people who have been charged with drug crimes. To find out more information and get help with your case, call us today.