Don’t Let Drug Charges Ruin Your Life: Learn About Potential Defense Options

Don’t Let Drug Charges Ruin Your Life: Learn About Potential Defense Options

Different drugs - powder and pills and a syringe on a black background. Stop drug addiction. International Day against Drug abuse. Hard drugs on table.Many people assume that certain drug crimes are not worth fighting. This is never true. The reality is that even if you are charged with a misdemeanor, having this charge on your record could affect your ability to get a job, to find a home, to get a professional license, and any future crimes you may be charge with. No matter how minor or serious your drug charges are, read on to learn how Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell can help you fight them.

There are many types of drug charges

The most common drug charge is possession but it is not the only one. It can involve any number of drugs from obviously illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, crack, meth, and ecstasy, to drugs that many people think are legal such as Vicodin and Codeine. The reality is that these prescription drugs are only legal if the person who has them has a valid license.

Other potential drug crimes including selling drugs, transportation drugs, transporting with the intent to sell, and manufacturing drugs. You can also be charged if you are found in possession of specific types of paraphernalia that is used for illegal drugs, such as a needle for heroin or pipe for crack. You may also get a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs.

Potential consequences of drug crimes convictions

Depending on the type of drug you are caught with, the circumstances of your arrest, your criminal history, and how much of the drug you had on you, the penalty could be as long as three years in prison. In many cases, first-time offenders are eligible to go through a drug diversion program instead. The worst penalties are doled out for those who are convicted of manufacturing drugs. In fact, in the worst-case scenario, this crime can come with as much as seven years in prison.

There are legal options for drug charges

The best strategy for your particular charges will vary based on the issues listed above. In some cases we may be able to have it handled via informal diversion, which means there will be nothing on your record. With more serious charges, we may work to have evidence thrown out by showing that the prosecution and / or police made mistakes in your case. We may also work to have the charges reduced in exchange for a guilty plea, though we will only do this if we believe strongly that it is the best option given the evidence against you.

If necessary, you can count on Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell to take your case to court. To find out more about the ways in which we can help you, please reach out at 909-920-0908. We offer a free legal consultation so that you can get a better idea of your options before we begin. Call today and let us help you out of this difficult situation.