Drug crimes can be a very serious matter. Those convicted of drug crimes can often face legal and social issues that last a lifetime. There are many factors that go into an individual being charged with a drug crime, and knowing what to do when you’re arrested can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
The three most important things to know if you’re arrested for a drug crime are your rights, the charges associated with the crime committed, and how to properly protect your rights.
If you are arrested for a drug crime, it is important that you know your rights. You don’t have to answer any questions that the police ask you. Once you’ve given the officer your name and address, you may politely inform them that you will not answer any more questions. Police officers are trained to extract information from those accused of a crime, and anything you say will certainly be used against you in court. It is best to not answer any questions rather than to risk misspeaking and incriminating yourself. It is also important to note that the prosecution must be able to prove that the accused had knowledge of the substance, and if you’re being charged with intent to sell, they must prove without a doubt your intent to sell. If they can’t prove these things without a reasonable doubt, your charges should be dropped.
It is also vitally important to know what crime was committed, and whether or not you committed a crime. If you are in the car with someone in possession of drugs and they don’t claim them, you may be held liable. The best way to keep this from happening is to cooperate with the police to the best of your ability. You should also be aware of the charges against you. There is a difference between possession and possession with intent to sell, and that distinction is important. However, one of the most important factors in your drug crimes case is your legal representation.
Call BJE Law, P. A. if you’re charged with a drug crime, and we’ll fight tirelessly to protect your rights. We believe that every individual deserves the best representation regardless of the crime for which they were charged. You are worthy of the best legal care, and BJE Law, P.A. can provide that care. Contact us today for more information.