Drug offenses are taken very seriously and can be charged and prosecuted under either Federal or State law, and sometimes even both. It is important to know that State and Federal laws are increasingly providing for tough prosecution on drug trafficking, drug possession, and other drug-related offenses and the criminal penalties can at times be quite harsh.
That is why it is important to review your file and charges immediately. At Ladin & Associates, we will file subpoenas immediately to preserve any evidence such as lab results, reports, overhears, and radio transmissions. Typically radio transmissions may be destroyed after 30 days so it is important to act quickly.
Even if the police find drugs directly in a person's possession, the drugs, and other evidence could be suppressed (thrown away) if the police did not follow the proper procedures required under the U.S. Constitution.
One of the first things Ladin & Associates looks for when defending someone accused in a drug case is whether the police themselves acted in a legal manner. Other defenses include areas such as whether the actual weight of the substance was correct when allowing for hydration, whether the chemical composition of the substance was correct as charged, whether there was joint or constructive possession of the substance which could subject the case to a Motion to Dismiss and whether the accused was entrapped into committing the offense by law enforcement or one of its informants.
What your options and defenses are in a certain case depends on all the facts however most defenses are difficult and complex and require an attorney with special skills, experience, and knowledge to get the best possible outcome on their behalf.
At the Ladin & Associates, we represent and care about our clients. We understand the devastation that a drug conviction, addiction or incarceration for a drug offense can bring to an individual or his/her family. We will answer your questions and guide you through the whole process, working to take away some of the confusion and uncertainty that comes along any drug offense charge, while all along seeking the most favorable outcome for you or your loved one.