If you are facing criminal charges, it is easy to feel like the world is against you. Fortunately, every suspect who has been arrested has at least one ally. Beyond the support of family and friends, a lawyer can build a defense and challenge possible evidence used to file the complaint against you.
Attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and ability to build a defense against drug charges among other types of problems in criminal law. Many lesser charges may be dropped or further reduced based on a challenge of the facts or a law enforcement officer’s perception of events compared to the suspect’s or a bystander’s observations.
Police or sheriff’s deputies may make errors in the finding, taking or presentation of evidence. For example, law enforcement agencies must demonstrate their employees had probable cause to conduct a search of a person, car or premises. If evidence is found without this probable cause, the agency may have violated a suspect’s rights under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing only lawful searches and seizures.
Drugs legally found on someone’s property maybe someone else’s crime. A person would be not guilty of drug possession if another person left or hid illegal drugs in a property without the owner’s or tenant’s knowledge. A driver may not even be aware of drugs in his or her car if a passenger is carrying them.
It is always recommended that suspects of drug crimes consult a lawyer and retain representation throughout their legal problems. An attorney can make the defense process easier and more successful for some suspects.