Drug charges have a certain stigma attached to them. As a result, mere allegations can be damaging to your reputation. A criminal conviction on drug charges can be disastrous, affecting your freedom, your finances, your career, and your potential for the future. With so much on the line you have to aggressively defend yourself. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to beat the charges you’re facing and protect your future.
The power of evidence suppression
One of the best ways to undermine the prosecution’s case is to suppress the evidence it’s relying upon to support its position. This tactic is often used in drug cases when an individual or his property is subjected to an illegal search and seizure.
The U. S. Constitution protects you from illegal searches and seizures. In most instances, law enforcement is required to obtain a search warrant before searching you, your vehicle, or your home. Yet, far too often police officers inappropriately rely on exceptions to the warrant requirement. In other instances these officers conduct illegal traffic stops that then taint any evidence gathered as a result of that stop. This is known as the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. In both instances, subsequently gathered evidence may be suppressed, meaning that it can’t be used against you in court.
Don’t count on one defense strategy
While you’ll want to develop and present the best legal theory to win your case, you might be better served by having multiple defense options to fall back on. To develop this type of holistic strategy, you have to have a firm grasp on the law, be able to anticipate the prosecution’s arguments, and persuasively present your case to the judge and jury. That can be a daunting task for someone who isn’t accustomed to dealing with the criminal law. That’s why experienced and successful criminal defense attorneys stand ready to help.