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Drug trafficking is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, according to , “Sentences for drug distribution and trafficking can generally range from 3-5 years to life in prison but can be substantially higher when larger quantities are involved. Drug trafficking/distribution is a felony, and is a more serious crime than drug possession.”
While some people charged with this crime may think that drug possession and trafficking receive the same consequences, this is simply not true as stated above. Because of this, knowing how to properly go about defending yourself in court is the best way to reduce your charges and move past this part in your life altogether. With this said, below, are the three best way to defend against drug trafficking charges for you to review.
- You did not Know About the Drugs
The first case you and your experienced drug trafficking defense attorney can make is that you didn’t know about the drugs whatsoever. If you were in a friend’s car at the time, just bought a new car containing drugs unknowingly, or were picking up something for someone that contained drugs, this may be the right defense option for you.
After all, not knowing the drugs existed is a relatively fair reason not to be charged for their existence and transportation. Furthermore, in multiple cases of tourists in foreign countries, into driving or transporting drugs to America without their knowledge. If this is the case and you can prove it, you are likely to have the charges dropped instantly.
- The Search was Performed in an Illegal Manner
The next most viable case you can make when charged with drug trafficking is that the search was performed in an illegal manner that violated your rights. As a citizen of the United States, you have privacy rights that must be recognized by the police force at all times.
Therefore, if the officers found drugs on you after entering your home without permission and a warrant or searching your car with no probable cause, you can likely have the case dismissed on violation of human rights. Despite this, you may still have to pay fines and other fees, but you will not have the charge on your record, which makes it a highly viable option for those that have been searched illegally.
- You did not Plan to Sell or Distribute the Drugs
Lastly, the final way to defend yourself when charged with drug trafficking is to claim you did not have the intent to sell or distribute the drugs. Because drug possession is nowhere near as serious of a crime, this could be a good option for people carrying smaller amounts of drugs with no proof that they wanted to sell it or distribute it at all.
However, this case is hard to make for larger amounts of drugs or with proof of previous sells which is why having a qualified attorney on your side is key. With this said, if you have been charged with a drug trafficking offense in the Clay County area and are looking for representation, at Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A., today!