When you’re arrested for a drug crime, you need immediate assistance from a criminal defense attorney. The personal costs can be high when you try to work out your criminal charges on your own. An experienced criminal lawyer knows what to expect and can help you through the complicated criminal justice process. The right legal representation makes a big difference in resolving your drug case in your favor.
It’s important to arrange a legal consultation even if you believe you have no defenses to an alleged crime. An aggressive attorney can review your case, explain your options, and help you decide on a strategy that will work best for your situation.
Connecticut Drug Charges Can be Complicated
When you don’t have the legal expertise, it’s not easy to navigate the criminal justice system or understand Connecticut’s drug laws. Title 420B, Dependency-Producing Drugs Charges contains a complex listing of drug crimes and penalties. Authorities can charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony. Charges take into account your possession, use, or intent to sell a drug.
There are 13 definitions for illegal drug “transactions.” Penalties are harsh when you’re arrested near a school or child care center. They also vary if you’re an addicted or non-addicted drug user.
Attorneys Understand Your Viable Defenses
An experienced drug crimes attorney understands the criminal justice system, the laws, and your rights and defenses. Once your lawyer reviews the court’s evidence, he can decide how best to defend or mitigate your case.
- If the police didn’t have a valid warrant, your attorney can challenge the search.
- For a minor possession crime, your attorney may convince a judge to drop the charges.
- The prosecution has the burden to prove your case. If they fail to present adequate evidence of a drug crime, your attorney can seek a dismissal based on “reasonable doubt.”
- If it’s a first-time offense, the judge may allow an alternative “sentence” such a drug treatment program, community service, or some other diversionary program.
- Your attorney may reduce your prison sentence by convincing a judge to waive a mandatory minimum sentence.
- Your attorney may be able to reduce or eliminate your prison time with a favorable plea deal.
Cooperate But do it Silently
Our criminal attorneys can’t be there when a police officer arrests you for a drug crime, but we can give you some critical advice to remember just in case it happens. Keep Quiet!
Until you connect with one of our criminal defense attorneys, you should cooperate with the arresting authorities. That doesn’t mean you have to answer their questions. Decline to respond and ask for an attorney. Remain peaceful and silent and remember, it’s easy to incriminate yourself when you don’t fully understand the legal consequences of your words.
Contact Sadler Law Group
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, you can’t afford to wait. You need immediate help from an attorney who understands Connecticut’s criminal justice system. You need someone who will tell you the truth about where you stand.
Contact Sadler Law Group at (203) 951-1360 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation.