drug crimes are highly penalized and those who are convicted can face costly fines,
jail time and even a strike on their record. An accusation of sale, transportation,
possession or any other offense should be fought at all costs and there
are a number of strong defense options. Not all accusations are accurate
and the court understands this. There are people that are falsely accused
and there are times that the police make an error.
Focusing on the officer is one defense option. In California, there are
certain search and seizure rules that need to be adhered to by officers
to protect the rights of residents. Law enforcement should not be given
the right to do just anything since they are not infallible. There are
restrictions including when and how property can be searched. Officers
may fail to get a warrant or permission from the property owner and can
enter the premises and search unlawfully. This may negate the evidence
that is found in certain cases. They may also make exaggerations on the
police report rather than relaying just the facts. Sometimes their hopes
to make a conviction can cloud their judgment and they may not make a
fair assessment. They may also violate the entrapment laws of the state
by setting up certain situations. An arrest may also be made when there
is not enough evidence that the person taken into custody actually is
owns the drugs.
You are innocent until proven guilty so a charge does not mean that you
are guilty at this point. The prosecution will need to prove that you
committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt so building this doubt can
be enough to get you off the hook. You may have an alibi or there may
be a witness account that can be used. While the best option is to have
the criminal accusations dropped all together, this is not always possible,
but another option includes seeking to have the charges reduced. This
is another important defense option that can lead to significantly reduced
penalties. You may be charged for the sale of drugs but it may be possible
to bring this down to a charge for possession. This may allow you to avoid
jail time, costly fines and other consequences of a conviction.
Our firm has worked in drug crime cases involving different types of uncontrolled
substances and with charges for different types of criminal activity.
We can investigate the conduct of the police involved in the investigation,
as well as pursuing other options.
Contact our Pasadena criminal defense lawyer for a
free consultation to determine effective defense strategies in your case.