Drug trafficking is a severe crime with life-altering consequences. Unfortunately, there are instances where someone may be innocent but can end up with a criminal record because they aren’t familiar with possible defense options. If you are facing this charge, whether guilty or not, understanding what lies ahead is crucial. Keep reading to learn more about this offense and how a Cobb County criminal defense attorney can help you navigate this process.
What Constitutes Drug Trafficking?
Someone can face drug trafficking charges when they are found to be involved in the manufacturing, transportation, or distribution of large amounts of illegal substances. This crime is a federal offense and will be charged as a felony.
The drugs often involved in trafficking include, but are not limited to, the following:
It is also essential to understand that these drugs fall into different schedules depending on their severity and potential harm. A trafficking offense will vary depending on the drug and the amount discovered. For example, someone convicted of trafficking five pounds of marijuana will face less intense consequences than someone found with two hundred pounds of cocaine in their home.
Are There Any Possible Defenses?
Though it may seem challenging to fight a drug trafficking charge, understanding your legal defense options is essential.
One of the most common options to fight a trafficking charge is due to the actions of the law enforcement on the scene. Most commonly, this is because the officers violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits the unlawful search and seizure of someone’s property without probable cause. If the authorities did not obtain the property clearance to search your home, car, or bags, the evidence discovered could be deemed inadmissible in court.
Similarly, if the chain of custody for the evidence seized from your possession is broken, it can also be rendered inadmissible. This is because the evidence may have been mishandled or tampered with, leading to suppression.
On a similar note, if entrapment was involved, you may be able to avoid a conviction. Entrapment occurs when a police officer or member of law enforcement, typically undercover, coerces someone into committing a crime they otherwise would not have perpetrated.
What Should I Do if I’m Facing Charges?
If arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, you should remain silent. Unfortunately, those who are innocent often try to convince the officers that they did not commit the crime. However, anything you say can be held against you, meaning you are likely to incriminate yourself by speaking with police without an attorney. Instead, you should invoke your right to remain silent.
You must also retain the assistance of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Trafficking is a serious crime with intense ramifications, so ensuring you have legal representation is essential. At Miller Law Practice, we understand the severity of these crimes. Our dedicated legal team will examine the circumstances of your case to fight for the best possible outcome. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you through this tough situation.