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Defending against drug possession charges

If you receive drug possession charges, you should begin building a strong legal defense as soon as you possibly can. The longer you wait to do so, the fewer options you have overall.

The prosecution is probably already building the case against you, and you want to make sure that you have plenty of time to assess the evidence against you and protect your rights and freedoms from unfair punishment.

These charges are still serious, despite changing attitudes toward some drugs throughout the country. Here in Arkansas, drug possession charges carry strong penalties, often ruining the lives of those who receive sentences.

The effects of a conviction can follow an individual for years, complicating everything from finding employment to finding housing.

Are the charges inaccurate or unfairly achieved?

Just because you receive charges does not mean that prosecution actually has legal legs to stand on.

For instance, if you receive drug possession charges after an interaction with a police officer, but that police officer violated your rights during the stop, it is possible to object to the charges on grounds of unlawful search and seizure.

Similarly, if you receive charges for drugs that police find in your home or some other space that you share with others, it is possible to argue that the evidence does not properly indicate that the drugs actually belong to you.

Does the evidence hold up?

Even if you think the evidence against you is fairly strong, you can force the prosecution to prove the validity of the evidence, which may present room for error. For instance, you may demand that the prosecution send the evidence to a laboratory for testing to determine its contents.

Not only must the substance sent to the lab match the charges against you in most cases, the prosecution must produce the evidence against you to test it. If there is any error in the storage of the evidence, and the prosecution cannot find it, you may see your charges dropped altogether.

Get help

If you do not have a firm grasp on the law and the process of defending yourself against criminal charges, you can consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands how to help you build a defense to protect your rights and interests.

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