If you are facing drug charges, you know that a conviction could come with severe consequences. It is critical to remember, however, that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and a skilled defense attorney can help you maintain your innocence and fight for your rights.
As a former federal prosecutor, Houston criminal defense attorney Aaron W. Perry knows how to negotiate with prosecutors, find weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, and provide clients with the best possible defense. If you have been charged with drug crimes, there are some important steps you must take to protect yourself.
Call An Attorney
Regardless of what has or has not happened up to this point in your case, right now is the time to contact an attorney. It is never too soon to call, even if you have not been charged but believe you may be under investigation for a drug crime in Texas. Your attorney will meet with you to discuss your suspicions and defense strategies, which may include contacting law enforcement officers or prosecutors to negotiate an agreement before you are even charged.
If you have already been charged, an attorney will help you build a defense and negotiate with prosecutors. Your case does not necessarily have to go to trial, especially if you have an experienced attorney advocating for your defense. Your attorney will review your arrest report and other evidence, conduct a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your case, and discuss case strategies with you.
Do Not Talk To Anyone
Even if you have previously made admissions or discussed your case with someone, stop right now. Do not talk to anyone about your case because things you have said can be used to help strengthen the prosecutor’s case against you.
Prosecutors may interview your friends, relatives, other defendants, potential defendants related to your case, and anyone else with whom you may have spoken. They may also call those people as witnesses at your trial to testify about the conversations you had with them.
While there isn’t anyone you should speak with about your case, you should especially not speak with law enforcement officers or prosecutors without an attorney. When you have an attorney, no one will talk to you without your attorney present, who will help you avoid falling for traps disguised as questions.
Do Not Make Any Admissions Or Accept Any Offers
Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will often use scare tactics and threats to make defendants admit to crimes or agree to ‘lesser charges’ in exchange for a guilty plea. They often make the offers seem urgent, so that you feel pressure to accept their offer without consulting an attorney. Do not fall for that.
Your attorney will handle all plea negotiations and will know when a deal is a good deal or when prosecutors are bluffing. Attorneys can examine facts and evidence and make recommendations based on their case opinions. Without an attorney, defendants often feel intimidated, and they make admissions and agreements that they might not have otherwise made with an attorney.
Develop A Solid Defense Strategy
As mentioned above, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and a solid defense strategy can make it difficult for prosecutors to prove your case. Common drug charge defenses include the following:
- The drugs were not your drugs
- You did not know drugs were on your property or in your possession
- You did not knowingly buy or sell drugs
- You bought or sold drugs under duress
- Undercover police officers pushed you into participating in illegal drug activity
- Someone planted drugs on you
- Someone framed you to avoid being caught
- The police do not have enough evidence against you for a conviction
- The police used illegal means to obtain evidence against you
The Consequences Of A Drug Conviction
The consequences for drug charges vary, depending on the type and severity of your charges. Potential punishments for convictions may include a criminal record, monetary fine, prison sentence, loss of rights to firearms, loss of employment opportunities, and other consequences as well.
Defending Your Drug Crimes Charges
If you have been charged with drug crimes, the time to call an attorney is now. At the Houston Law Firm of Aaron W. Perry, our criminal defense team can handle any criminal matter, including drug crimes charges. Contact our office at 713-393-7788 or submit an online form to schedule a consultation. We will fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
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