Common defenses to drug charges
Police departments across the country are cracking down on drug possession crimes, and Indiana is no exception. Being charged with a drug-related crime is a serious matter that can lead to lifetime consequences. Because prosecutors are aggressive when it comes to pursuing drug possession charges, it is critical to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after you have been charged with this type of offense. There are many ways to defend against these charges. A skilled lawyer will be able to build a defense that works for your case.
It may be possible to argue the arrest itself was invalid. If the police did not have a valid reason to stop you in the first place, your lawyer may challenge the arrest.
The police need a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to conduct a search. Without it, it is possible to file a motion to suppress any evidence gathered during the search.
The Drugs Did Not Belong to You
Just because the police find drugs in your car or in your home does not they belong to you. In some cases, we can prove the drugs belonged to a family member, friend, or other individual.
Mistakes happen all the time. Police evidence is not foolproof. If you were arrested due to an informant’s information or through a wiretap, we may be able to challenge the validity of the source.
Entrapment is a defense that can be difficult to establish, but it is possible. If you were pressured unlawfully by police or others to buy drugs, and you would not otherwise have done it, entrapment may very well be a viable defense. In one very famous case example, Back to the Future car maker, John DeLorean, was acquitted of drug crimes after his defense team proved federal agents lured him into an elaborate scheme to purchase cocaine.
Substance Abuse Treatment
For many people, drug addiction is a disabled medical problem. Many health experts believe that putting someone in jail for drug addiction is the worst way to handle these cases. It may be possible to persuade a judge that a drug addiction treatment program is a better option.
How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help
If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, you need an experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible. There are many options in your case. Call Razumich Law, P.C. today at (317) 983-5333 for a free consultation.
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