Every criminal case is different because every defendant is unique as are the circumstances of the event that led to the arrest. For that reason, it’s difficult to predict how a criminal defense attorney may defend you against a criminal drug charge. In the event that you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact experienced drug possession lawyers Bloomington IL to assist you.
Our legal team has helped many people in our community who were charged with a drug crime. There are various types of criminal drug charges. If you do not offer a plea of guilty as charged, your plea will likely be innocent. Depending on the circumstances, your criminal defense lawyer might use one of the following arguments on your behalf:
- You did not do the crime. The prosecutor has the burden of proving that you did in fact do the crime because you are innocent until proven guilty.
- Your criminal defense attorney may argue that the drugs were not yours, that someone else left them in your home, and/or that you do not even know that person. For example, they were left by a convicted drug user who had been hired to repair an appliance in your home.
- The illegal drugs were planted by law enforcement officers.
- The law enforcement officer did not abide by your fourth amendment right as it pertains to the search and seizure.
- They did not have a warrant to search your person, possessions, or home for anything, including drugs.
- They found the drugs while illegally searching for something else. For example, they had a warrant that only allowed them to search your garage for stolen items but entered your main house which is where they found the drugs.
- You have an alibi that proves it could not have been you who committed the drug crime. For example, they charged you with selling narcotics on a particular street corner but you can prove you were in another city at the time.
- You were entrapped into committing the crime. For example, you were injured and had received a legal and valid prescription for a controlled narcotic to counteract your pain due to the injury. An undercover agent then strongly pressured you to sell him one or more of the pills. After you gave in and reluctantly sold them to the officer, he then arrested you for selling drugs. This is only one example as an entrapment defense is very common.
Thank you to Pioletti & Pioletti Attorneys at Law for providing key insight on defending against criminal drug charges.