Being arrested for a drug crime can be a harrowing experience. It may make you feel alone and without hope. You may come to believe that you have done something wrong even if you haven’t. The system is designed to evoke such thoughts and ideas. Law enforcement officials may even tell you that things will go easier for you if you cooperate with them. You should not do so. Your response to a drug arrest should be to contact a lawyer.
Preserving and Protecting Your Rights
You are innocent until proven guilty. It is important to keep this in mind throughout your ordeal. You should exercise your Fifth Amendment right to say nothing that will incriminate you. It is essential that you remain silent until you have the chance to speak to a lawyer.
Once your lawyer arrives, they will advise you on the questions you have to answer and those you don’t. If you are too shaken up to answer any questions, your lawyer can speak on your behalf. Your attorney will also look at the evidence the police have against you. Law enforcement officials often exaggerate the evidence they have against people in custody. If your lawyer sees that the authorities have nothing that connects you to criminality of any sort, they will arrange for your release.
Mounting Your Defense
You should not go down for a crime you did not commit. Lawyers such as the ones found at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. can begin developing your defense should you need one.
Law enforcement and prosecutors often get it wrong when it comes to arresting and charging people for drug crimes. In the course of a legitimate investigation, the police will target an individual or group that they suspect of possession or intent to distribute. You may be friends with someone they are investigating or you may have been at a place that was under surveillance by police. You may have been swept up along with everyone else at the time of the bust.
You cannot be convicted of a crime by mere association. Your defense lawyer will have the experience and expertise to attack immediately the state’s evidence against you. It is important to remember that the prosecution has the burden of proof. If you did nothing wrong, your lawyer will be able to discern the shortcomings of evidence and flaws in argument presented by the prosecution.
What Happens If You Did It
Everyone makes mistakes. You may have done things that put you in a compromising situation. Even if the police have evidence that you were involved in a drug crime, you need not give up hope. An outcome that is favorable to you is still possible.
The police may be investigating a larger criminal enterprise and the figure in it. You may have information that can help them in their investigation. Your lawyer will negotiate with the prosecutors, so that you provide police with the information they need in exchange for a lighter or suspended sentence.