If you are arrested for a drug trafficking charge, the emotional toll this type of case can take on you and your family can be quite extensive. In order to get through this experience, you will need to find the right lawyer. The first order of business in a situation like this is to get the defendant out of jail while the case is pending. Generally, the bond amounts set for drug trafficking cases are very high, which is why getting you out may be a challenge for your friends and family.
In some instances, our lawyers will be able to negotiate a lower bond amount. We have dealt with a variety of clients who were facing drug trafficking charges and have helped them get out of jail. Waiting too long to contact us after you have been arrested on these charges can really complicate. In most cases, the courts will want a motion to reduce bond filed no longer than 24 hours after the initial arrest. Neglecting to call the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC after a drug trafficking arrest may make it very difficult to get you out of jail in a timely manner.
Some Surprising Drug Trafficking Statistics
Most people realize just how common drug-related arrests are. Here are some surprising statistics regarding drug arrests in the United States:
- The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrests over 30,000 people each year for drug trafficking.
- Statistics show that nearly 32% of all inmates were either under the influence of or had possession of drugs when they were arrested.
- Several leading causes of death like suicide, homicide and car fatalities are linked to drug use.
- Over 4,400 DEA agents are working full-time in the United States right now.
- 49,823 kilograms of cocaine, 598 kilograms of heroin and nearly 661,000 kilograms of marijuana were confiscated by the DEA last year alone.
Drug use in the United States is far more common than most people want to admit. Regardless of if a person is guilty or innocent of drug trafficking, they still deserve to have a fair trial. Our drug trafficking lawyers in Washington D.C. will fight hard to help you after you have been arrested.
Things to Remember After Being Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges
Being arrested on serious charges like drug trafficking can be quite alarming and scary. Remaining calm in a situation like this may be a bit easier said than done, but important when trying to minimize the damage done.
- Remember Your Right to Remain Silent- One of the biggest mistakes people make when arrested on drug charges is not remaining silent. While you may want to give your side of the story to the authorities on scene, often times talking too much will only lead to you incriminating yourself. It is best to remain silent until one of our lawyers is present for questioning.
- Document Everything- If the charges against you are not true, your main objective needs to be getting as much information to corroborate your story as possible. Getting the names of any witnesses that may have seen your arrest take place is important. By getting this type of information, you will make it easier for our team to build an iron clad defense strategy.
- Know What You Are Being Charged With- Another very important thing you have to remember during this type of stressful situation is knowing what you are being charged with. Some drug charges do not carry stiff penalties, but some do. This is why you will need to get details on what the police officers are charging you with so you can relay this information to us.
Staying calm and in the moment during a drug arrest is important and can make your life a lot easier. The more information you are able to give us, the faster we will be able to start helping you get out the mess you are in.
Possible Defenses For Drug Trafficking Cases
One of the main things people want to know when speaking with us about their drug trafficking charges is what strategies we will use to defend them in court. Below are some of the most common defenses used in drug trafficking cases:
- No Probable Cause- One of the most used defenses when it comes to drug trafficking charges is that the police did not have probable cause to search the defendant. If there was no legitimate reason why a person was pulled over by police, then they may be able to get a lesser sentence based on the lack of probable cause.
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time- If you were at the wrong place at the wrong time, then the drug trafficking charges levied against you may not hold up in a court of law. In some cases, our lawyers will be able to prove the drugs in question were not yours. This type of defense is quite effective, especially if the person in question did not have any prior criminal convictions on their record.
- No Search Warrant- When drugs are found during the search of a person’s home, the authorities will have to possess a search warrant for the evidence to be admissible in court. If no search warrant was obtained before the search in question, then we may be able to get your charges dismissed.
The bottom line is that without legal representation during a case like this, it may be difficult to beat the drug trafficking charge you have against you.
When Experience Matters, Call the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC
For over 20 years, the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC has been helping beat who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. If you are facing drug trafficking charges, you need to give us a call at 877-620-3644 for help.
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