Criminal Defense Attorney
Those who have recently been arrested for a drug possession may want to meet with a Bloomington, IL drug possession lawyer immediately. Any person faced with such a charge can benefit from obtaining legal representation right away. We understand you may be overwhelmed with panic, and fear of what may happen next. A person charged with drug possession may endure overly harsh and unnecessary repercussions.
During your arrest, it is possible that the officer was unlawful in how he or she handled the situation. As an attorney is aware of, that officer may have made a mistake or done any of the following unlawful tactics:
Incorrectly Identifying Drug Type
An officer may be quick to arrest someone who has a substance or powder on them, and assume it is an illicit drug. But sometimes, the drug in question is simply an over the counter pain killer or something similar. An attorney may request that the evidence collected from you is evaluated in a crime lab. If the test results come back and it ends up being a legal drug or prescription, then your charge will be dismissed.
Unlawful Search and Seizure
An attorney may ask you a series of questions regarding the moments which led to your arrest. Your attorney may be looking for signs that perhaps the officer had not abided by search protocols. To be more specific, if you were pulled over and the officer looked through your trunk and other areas not in obvious view without permission or through forceful tactics, he or she may have committed an unlawful search and seizure. Drugs that were in plain view may be taken by the officer, but anything else may not be used as evidence against you.
An officer that pressures someone into partaking in a crime they otherwise would not have, may be using entrapment to lead to an arrest. An officer may knowingly use this strategy, to lure a suspect into a situation where they break a law. If you believe this may have happened to you at any point prior to your arrest, write down these details before you forget and speak with your attorney as soon as possible.
Lost Drug Evidence
During your trial, a small detail many people forget about is the importance of providing the drug evidence. Your attorney may request that the prosecutor brings the exact drugs which were confiscated. After the drug is taken from the accused, it can very easily get lost in the midst of paperwork and processing your arrest. Your case may end up dismissed if the drug in question was lost.
Please contact our law firm promptly so we can get started working on your defense strategy. An attorney can consult with you about your arrest, to find out how we can be of assistance. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the less time you have for him or her to prepare for your trial.
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