Drug Possession Lawyer Rockville MD
When a person has been charged with a drug crime in Maryland, even if it’s just simple possession, they can be facing serious consequences if they are convicted, including jail time, loss of child custody, and hefty fines. Even after they have completed their sentence, the conviction remains on their permanent criminal record and can continue to have serious consequences for years. If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact a drug possession lawyer Rockville MD clients recommend from the Law Office of Daniel Wright for legal assistance.
Defenses to Drug Crimes
While a person facing a drug crime conviction may feel hopeless and that there is no way out of being found guilty, there are several defenses that a drug lawyer Rockville MD residents trust may be able to use to get the charges dismissed, resulting in a not guilty finding, or use as leverage in order to get the charges reduced and/or work out a plea agreement with the prosecutor.
- Violation of rights: One of the most frequent mistakes that law enforcement makes when arresting an individual is violating their constitutional rights. For example, the Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure by police, which means any evidence that is obtained can be thrown out by the court.
- Drugs: When a person is charged with a drug crime, the police are required to seize the drugs present at the scene as evidence. If these drugs cannot be produced during the trial, then the court will likely dismiss the charges since the drugs are considered the key piece of evidence against the person charged.
- Entrapment: In some cases, the person who is arrested may have been coerced into committing the crime by police. If the defense can show that the person would never have committed the crime if not influenced by law enforcement, then the court may rule there is evidence of entrapment. For example, let’s say a person has a legal prescription for an opioid and an undercover officer repeatedly asks to buy some of the drugs. The person keeps refusing to sell the officer any drugs, but the officer is so persistent that the person finally relents, sells the officer the drugs, and then finds themselves wearing handcuffs, there is a high probability the court would call this entrapment.
- Credibility of an Informant: One of the most useful tools that police use in their war against drugs is informants who provide them with the information they would not be able to obtain otherwise. Informants rarely share information with police out of the goodness of their hearts, but instead to keep themselves out of jail because they have been caught committing a crime. This often makes the information they give police questionable and a good defense attorney can use the informant’s credibility as part of their defense strategy.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, contact the Law Office of Daniel Wright to meet with a drug possession lawyer in Rockville MD. Call our office to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help.