If you have been charged with a drug crime, then you need immediate representation. These crimes include drug possession; marijuana possession (POM); cocaine or other controlled substances possession (PCS); possession of chemicals for manufacturing drugs; manufacture or cultivation of controlled substances; dealing, delivery, importation or transportation of narcotics; or drug distribution, sales or trafficking.
Conviction on even a “minor” drug offense can have devastating, far-reaching consequences — not only costing the defendant jail time, but often severely impeding education and employment prospects. Federal drug offenses — whether involving conspiracy, high-level trafficking or lesser acts of possession, sale and transport — carry mandatory prison sentences.
No matter the amount of drugs, defenses for drug cases generally fall into three categories:
- The seized goods were not illegal drugs
- The drugs were not “possessed” by the defendant
- The drugs were seized illegally. This defense is usually addressed through a pretrial motion to suppress