Aggressive Defense for Drug Convictions
Drug cases are usually for small amounts of possession and are misdemeanors, but if you are caught with a large amount of drugs then can be charged with a felony and face substantial penalties if convicted. In Memphis there is a Drug Court, which is dedicated to the prosecution of drug offenders, but that court runs a program to attempt to rehabilitate drug users and prevent them from becoming repeat offenders. This means you could be sent to a drug rehabilitation program or even be put in a clinic as part of your drug case. At the very minimum you should expect any plea bargain in Drug Court to result in probation with random drug screens, so if you are going to successfully get a drug charge off your record you are going to have clean up and pass a drug test.
The other major threat in a drug case is the seizure of assets, which is usually your vehicle. If you are caught with a large amount of drugs and the police allege you are selling drugs they will seize your car and anything they think may be a profit of your drug business. That could include cash at your home or even from your bank account and any personal possessions purchased with drug money. Basically they will take everything of value they can get their hands on and auction it off to help fund the police department’s anti-drug programs. You do have the ability to attempt to get your property returned, and your lawyer can file for a seizure hearing where you can either get your property returned or buy it back yourself instead of having it auctioned. This happens most often when someone gets arrested on drug charges while driving someone else’s vehicle. The innocent owner may still have to buy the car back from the police even though they were not involved in the crime.
The best way to attack a drug charge is to challenge the traffic stop or search conducted by the police, so it is very important to your case to not ever consent to a search by the police, and never voluntarily hand over your drugs to the police just because they ask you to. It is incredible how often people voluntarily hand over drugs (usually marijuana) to the police just because they ask. Don’t let the police intimidate you into surrendering yourself when they don’t have any reason to arrest you or search your car.
- Marijuana cultivation, importation and distribution
- Prescription forgery, doctor shopping, possession of prescription drugs
- Liquid hydrocodone possession for sale
- Cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy possession and trafficking
- Crack cocaine dealing and possession
- Weapons charges related to drug crimes
Do not talk to the police. You may make your defense more difficult by talking to the police. Instead, call Davis & Greene as soon as possible after your arrest.