Drug charges can carry significant and lasting consequences, including mandatory minimum prison sentences, extensive probation conditions, suspension of a driver’s license, and immigration ramifications.
Depending on the case, police and prosecutors charge drug offenses in various ways, including charges of possession, possession with the intent to distribute, distribution, and trafficking. When available, police often raise the stakes with an additional charge of committing a drug violation in a school zone.
When someone is charged with a drug crime, it is essential to do everything legally possible to avoid conviction.
Oftentimes in drug cases, I will file a motion to suppress evidence, which essentially means that I ask the Court to “throw out” the drug evidence because the police violated my client’s constitutional rights during their investigation. If the police searched my client’s home, car, or body without a warrant, I will often call the police as witnesses and argue that the police’s warrantless search was unjustified. If the police possessed a search warrant, I will often write an extensive memorandum to the judge explaining why the warrant should never have issued. Generally, a successful motion to suppress results in dismissal of the entire case.