Drug possession charges are intimidating and terrifying, especially if you’re unsure how to protect yourself moving forward. If unprepared for what to do during or after an arrest, your actions could affect the ultimate outcome of your case.
Here are 5 things you should know if you are arrested for drug possession:
1. You Have the Right to Remain Silent
Being a United States citizen has its perks, including your 5th amendment right to remain silent. During an arrest, exercise your right to silence until you have the opportunity to speak to an attorney. Remember, anything you say during your arrest can, and likely will, be used as evidence against you in court.
2. Attorneys Are There to Help You
Take advantage of your right to an attorney. Drug crime lawyers dedicate their lives to studying the details and nuances of offenses like possession and can use their knowledge and experience to defend you. They can assist you during interrogations, and litigate on your behalf.
3. When It Comes to Defense Strategies, You Have Options
Depending on the details of your case, any number of defenses are available to preserve and protect your freedoms. Due to the caliber of a police officer’s testimony, defenses such as entrapment, or claiming that the drugs were planted, are more difficult to prove. Negative lab results, or arguing that the drugs do not belong to you, are more common, easier-to-prove defenses. Your attorney can help establish the most strategic defense for your case.
4. There Are Many Possible Outcomes
A number of factors can affect the outcome of your case, including the type of substance in your possession, the amount of substance found in your possession, and the state in which you are charged. Some first-time drug possession sentences are fines of less than $100, while others can include $250,000 fines and up to 30 years in prison.
5. This Is Not the End
A drug possession charge is the beginning of a long legal process. However, it does not have to be the beginning of the end. With the assistance of an experienced drug crime attorney, you can build a solid defense to minimize or extinguish the sentence of the crime. Remain calm and keep a level head throughout the process.
If you are accused of drug possession, you need an attorney who understands drug crimes and criminal defense. At The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A., you’ll get exactly that. Our lawyers work tirelessly to craft solid defensive strategies for the clients we represent, and we have over 25 years of combined experience in doing so. Contact one of our dedicated legal professionals today. We are available 24/7 and offer free consultations.
If you have been charged with drug possession, contact The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. to speak to one of our Seminole County drug crime attorneys: (407) 326-0650.