Drug Possession Offenses

Located between New York City and Boston, Connecticut is a massive drug hub, with frequent transportation activity of cocaine, heroin, MDMA (ecstasy) and other drugs. Although Connecticut’s overall drug crime rate has decreased since the 1990s, the DEA and Connecticut law enforcement agencies still report thousands of drug-related arrests each year. People charged with drug crimes should seek local legal representation from an experienced Connecticut law firm with a thorough knowledge of state-specific and federal laws.

Investigation Skills to Provide You the Strongest Defense

The success of drug crime defenses relies primarily on building a solid case before the trial, including conducting an in-depth investigation. It is especially important to ensure that evidence obtained pre-trial was collected in a legal manner. There are many actions that can strengthen a criminal defense case, such as illegal search and seizure methods and police misconduct, and a criminal defense law firm with the resources to conduct extensive research is a necessity.

Immediacy is Vital

It is also imperative to secure legal counsel as early in the case as possible. As soon as you know you are under investigation, have been arrested or are charged with a narcotics or drug crime, you must contact a criminal defense attorney. Even if you are detained or in jail, your lawyer can begin making inquiries and analyzing whether the charges against you are supported by evidence. Your attorney can help you avoid irreversible errors and work with you to build a powerful defense.

The attorneys of Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys are prepared to handle cases involving a variety of drug crimes, including those involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of narcotics
  • Possession with intent to sell marijuana
  • Possession with intent to sell narcotics
  • Sale of marijuana or narcotics
  • Possession of narcotics within 1,000 feet of a school or housing project
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Manufacturing and/or operating a drug factory or meth lab
  • Cultivating marijuana
  • Prescription fraud
  • Federal narcotics offenses, including conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and racketeering

Penalties

Potential outcomes of a drug crime trial range based on the severity of the accusation and can be reduced through successful defense. Penalties include:

  • Parole/Probation
  • Forced registration as a narcotics offender
  • Suspension or loss of drivers license
  • Mandatory community service
  • Mandatory drug testing
  • Drug rehab/counseling
  • Hefty fines
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Search and seize of property
  • Jail/prison time
  • Long prison sentence
  • Deportation (if not a U.S. citizen)

Penalties for drug crimes, including the manufacture and sale of drugs, are subject to three considerations by the state or federal prosecutor:

  1. Terms of violation: type of drug, amount of drug, scale of operation, etc.
  2. Conduct enhancements: if minors were involved in sale/manufacture of drug, if sold near school or to children, etc.
  3. Status enhancements: if crime was a violation of parole or if there are prior similar convictions

How We Can Help

Building an expert defense is built is crucial to minimizing the penalties associated with drug crimes. The criminal defense attorneys at Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys have successfully obtained reduced sentences and had charges dismissed for clients through excellent research skills, efficient defense strategies, aggressive courtroom policy, and the knowledge that comes from experience.

Another option for reducing sentences is to take a plea bargain, which requires a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser charge. Plea bargains are more complex than they may seem, and a criminal defense lawyer can help you determine the most advantageous course.

Have you been charged with a drug-related crime?

Contact the attorneys at Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys for a complimentary consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. The next step will be for our drug defense lawyers to prepare a defense for clients charged with a drug crime by thoroughly examining all evidence surrounding the case and crafting a strategy designed to put our client in the best possible position. We will look for any possibility of illegal obtainment of evidence and determine whether the charges against our client are supported or if our client’s rights were infringed upon. Our criminal defense lawyers will then vigorously pursue the most advantageous results for our client.