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Drug possession is generally defined as any person who possesses a controlled substance without the written prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist or veterinarian licensed to practice in the particular state. Criminal lawyers know controlled substances are defined and classified differently from state to state, but generally the drug statutes refer to narcotics, marijuana, prescriptive drugs, etc.
What is important to remember is in many jurisdictions, you can be charged with this crime without actually physically possessing the illegal substance. For example, if someone in your car is carrying methamphetamine, even in their purse or pocket, the driver or owner of the vehicle can be charged -- even if you had no clue the passenger had drugs on them. Our lawyers have successfully built winning defenses on this basis with expertly crafted strategies and talks with the prosecutor and detectives, even before any court hearing.
Drug possession laws vary according to the drug type, amount and geographic area of the offense. Possession of small quantities could be a simple drug possession,while drug possession of large amounts may result in a charge of Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute.
If you are suspected of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of selling it, you can be charged with Drug Possesion for Sale. If the amount of the drug in your possession is sufficiently high, you can be charged with Drug Possession for Sale even if you never intended to the sell the drug and intended it only for personal use.
Since the start of the "war on drugs" in the 1980's, the government aggressive pursues drug convictions. Drug possession is considered a "gateway crime" speculated to lead to engaging in other crimes including white collar, violent and sexual related crimes. Big drug busts are relished by prosecutors and politicians because that makes them look good and is great for their public image.
Citizens involved in drug possession or distribution are favorite targets of prosecutors because drug convictions are easier to get as compared to other crimes, especially when someone is not represented by an expert lawyer. The prevalence of drug use leads many people to assume drug charges are minor, "victimless" crimes. In fact, the defendant becomes the victim and without strong representation by a criminal lawyer, the defendant may end up in prison instead of proper treatement in a caring environment.
Drug possession has among the most aggressive sentencing guidelines in the criminal justice system. Even minor drug possession charges can result in a criminal record, loss of your drivers' license and difficulty in keeping or getting jobs. Convictions on possession of controlled substances or on drug trafficking or drug sales can result in long prison times with mandatory sentencing guidelines. This is why drug possession charges must be fought with extreme skilled and vigorous defense.
The most common approach used by our lawyers for drug possession is to get it dismissed or substantially reduced without a court trial. Our lawyers use pre-trial defense strategies usually centered around the suppression or handling of evidence. This requires more than just knowledge of the law. It requires specific experience in drug possession defense strategies backed by forensic experts who can conduct the research necessary for a winning defense.
Drug possession is aggressively prosecuted and carries severe penalties. Just a few grams of some substances can result in years in prison.
Unlike many other crimes, drug possession can result in federal prosecution. The federal government has an entire agency dedicated solely to pursuing drug possession convictions. It is critical that you determine whether you are facing federal charges or under federal investigation. Even a drug possession case made by your state can later be handed to the federal government. You need lawyer experienced in drug possession cases to prevent this from happening and experienced in the the Federal Court System.
Our defense strategies and our cadre of drug trial attorneys at both the state and federal level have saved our clients years of prison time.
LibertyBell Law Group was founded by a group of criminal defense lawyers who have a history of winning results. We grew frustrated with the fact that thousands of people suffer life-altering consequences because they do not have an adequate defense.
We created this law firm to level the playing field. We hand-picked only the foremost experts in drug possession defense. We have extensive experience in sensitive and highly challenging drug possession cases.
We provide these veteran lawyers with all the resources they need to get the best possible results foryou. Our powerful legal defense force of lawyers and experts is available and affordable to you.
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As a client, you can now draw on the combined talents and resources of a large law firm with one goal -- getting the best possible result for your case. We stand ready to defend you both inside and outside the courtroom.
Call us now at 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) for a free consultation with one of our expert criminal lawyers. Early intervention is the key to our mutual success.
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