If you are accused of a drug offense, you could be facing some serious penalties if you are convicted. Millions of people are sent to jail or prison because of drug crimes, even if they were nonviolent offenses or relatively minor. In fact, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, over 48 percent of the prison population is comprised of people convicted on drug offenses.
What this means for people facing drug charges is that they must be vigilant in their defense to avoid becoming a statistic and another person in the U.S. with a criminal record because of a drug offense. If you are facing allegations of drug possession, distribution or trafficking, you must remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. In some cases, a thorough examination of police investigation procedures can result in the dismissal of charges.
Drug charges are filed after police have conducted a search of some type. This could be a search of a person, a car, a phone or a home. Whether a person’s car is searched during a traffic stop or police present a warrant to search someone’s home, there are specific procedural guidelines that must be complied with.
If police violate a person’s rights by conducting a warrantless search, failing to secure probable cause or otherwise fail to comply with strict search limitations, any evidence they may have collected in that search can be dismissed.
Having a thorough understanding and familiarity with search procedures and drug offenses can be crucial in building an effective defense. The defense attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza have this knowledge and recognize the importance of scrutinizing police procedures in the pursuit of having charges dismissed.
If you are facing charges of a drug offense in New Jersey, we encourage you to visit our webpage on defending against drug offenses for more information on how our law firm is positioned to help.