Drug-related offenses are some of the most common crimes in the United States, which is a trend that Washington DC hasn’t been able to avoid. While drug abuse, addiction, and crime have often been thought of as crimes that only impact impoverished neighborhoods and people, the fact is that drug use crosses all socioeconomic classes.
Washington DC, one of the most prosperous and densely populated regions in the country, is also home to one of the nation’s highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. In fact, in 2016 alone, there were 30 opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 people, which is over twice the national average.
Types of Drug Crimes in Washington DC
Most drug crime arrests in Washington DC are related to the manufacturing, distribution, trafficking, and/or possession of narcotics. Possession is an extremely common charge, while distribution and manufacturing charges tend to have more severe consequences.
While arrests are made for all types of narcotics in Washington DC, opioids are the most prevalent controlled substance in the DC Metro area. The region has also seen an increase in overdose deaths caused by a synthetic drug known as K2. When a drug makes the news in such a dramatic fashion, as has been the case with K2, arrests tend to rise. Manufacturers and distributors tied to bad batches that lead to overdoses and deaths often face severe punishments and sentences.
Defense Options in Washington DC Drug Cases
A drug conviction is something that can follow you for the rest of your life. Whether you’re arrested for possession, trafficking, or manufacturing, a conviction can negatively impact your educational prospects, housing options and job opportunities. As a result, it is crucial to get the best representation possible as soon as you’re arrested. With experienced legal representation, you may be able to avoid some of the more serious consequences associated with a drug arrest.
Criminal attorneys use a variety of defense techniques to protect their clients. They may look for instances of unlawful search and seizure, which occurs when law enforcement officers illegally search a suspect’s home. In these types of searches, the illegally obtained evidence is inadmissible in court.
Attorneys can also provide assistance to suspects in possession of drugs that aren’t theirs. Whether they were left behind by a friend or you’re completely unaware of their source, a lawyer might be able to lessen the severity of the charges.
In some cases, law enforcement professionals plant evidence to get suspects arrested. If you’ve been the victim of this type of illegal action, legal advice is key to minimizing the fallout.
Let Us Help With Your Drug-Related Arrest
When you are arrested for a drug-related crime, it’s important to act immediately to minimize the impact that the arrest has on your future. No matter what circumstances led to you being arrested, get help with your drug charges by calling The McDaniel Law Group at (202) 902-9176.
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