A drug charge in and of itself can wreak havoc on your life, as it is likely to come with it a brief arrest, court dates, intense scrutiny, missed work and extensive legal fees. A drug charge is also likely to cause undue stress in your life and to put a strain on your personal and professional relationships. However, a drug charge is nothing compared to a conviction. Indiana treats drug crimes very seriously, and if you are convicted, you will carry the consequences around with you for the rest of your life. At Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, our Indiana drug charge defense attorneys are familiar with these types of cases and are prepared to help you defend your rights and your freedom in court. Though every defense strategy is individualized, every case relies on evidence, facts, and testimony. That said, there are common defenses with which our team has routinely had success. We will explore those below and, if we choose to work together, during our initial consultation with you.
A drug conviction can haunt you for the rest of your life and possibly change the course of your future for the worse. If you are convicted of a drug offense in Indiana, you can almost count on having to deal with one or more of the following consequences:
As you can see, the consequences of a drug conviction are harsh and ongoing. If you do not want to live with such penalties for the remainder of your life, retain the help of an experienced Merrillville drug crimes lawyer as soon after being charged as possible.
Too many people try to combat drug charges themselves, assuming that if the jury hears their side of the story it will let them off the hook or, at the very least, encourage the jury to “go easy on them.” This rarely happens. Not only are jurors required to hear the facts and base their decision off those, but also, there exists a negative stigma surrounding drug crimes and those charged with them. If the state charges you with a drug crime and you attempt to defend yourself, it is unlikely that the jury will feel any sympathy toward you. Working with an attorney, however, can change that.
A skilled trial attorney will not just present the facts on your behalf. He or she will also paint a picture of the type of person you truly are. Maybe you are a decent, hardworking individual with a family and close group of friends who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or, perhaps you were in a bad place in your life, got caught up in the wrong stuff, and intended no harm by your possession of a certain substance. The goal is to ensure that the jury views you as the human you are and that it knows you did not intend to hurt anyone else with your actions.
In addition to painting you in a favorable light, the right attorney will strive to point out what the arresting officer and his or her team did wrong. Maybe the department ordered an illegal search on your home, or maybe the lab failed to test the substance in a timely fashion, meaning there is no way of knowing whether you were really in possession of an illegal drug or not. By reviewing the facts, a skilled attorney can identify weak spots in the prosecution’s case and use them to your advantage.
Do not let a drug charge change your life for the worse. A charge is not a conviction, and you do have an opportunity to defend yourself and either obtain reduced charges or have the charges dismissed entirely. However, the chances of you doing so alone are minimal. You can increase the odds of achieving a favorable outcome by retaining the help of a skilled Merrillville drug crimes lawyer. Contact Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, to learn more.
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