After a drug possession arrest, evidence can make or break the case. If prosecutors don't have the right evidence, or the evidence was collected illegally, the defendant's case becomes stronger. In fact, the defendant may have their charges reduced or dropped if the prosecutor doesn't have the right evidence. As criminal defense lawyers, Suzuki Law Offices conducts in-depth investigations into our clients' cases to look for evidence to challenge the charges against them.
At Suzuki Law Offices, we review probable cause to determine if the law enforcement officer followed the proper arrest procedures. Our Phoenix criminal attorneys also collaborate with investigators to determine whether the search and seizure of the drugs was legal. Using any weakness in the prosecutor's case, we can create a strong strategy to keep you out of jail and to protect your future. If you have been charged with drug possession, don’t wait to get in touch with our firm.
When police officers stop a car, it is common for them to ask to search the vehicle. If they do not see anything in plain sight that would indicate the presence of drugs or illegal activity, they do not have a right to search your vehicle. You can lawfully decline a search. Additionally, if the officers don't have reasonable suspicion that you've done something wrong, they can't stop your car in the first place. If narcotics are found in your car, the prosecution must prove that they belong to you.
As your defense team, Suzuki Law Offices challenges the constitutionality of car stops regarding whether or not police had probable cause to search your vehicle. We review dashboard video footage if it is available, and determine whether an officer followed proper procedures during your investigation and arrest. We can also challenge the prosecution's claim that the drugs found were actually yours, especially when other people were in your car or had access to your vehicle.
The penalties for possessing, distributing, or smuggling narcotics are substantial at both the state and federal levels. In the case of meth, a conviction can mean between 5 and 15 years in prison. Additionally, possession of more than 9 grams of meth carries a mandatory prison sentence. In the case of cocaine, prison is mandatory for persons convicted for possessing more than 9 grams, or 750 milligrams in rock form. Selling cocaine carries a 3 to 12 1/2 year prison sentence as well.
The penalties for possession of marijuana depend on the weight of the drugs in the defendant's possession. Consequences range from four months in jail (for less than two pounds) to nearly four years in prison for cases involving more than four pounds. Whatever the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, our attorneys always explore options for the best resolution possible. In some cases, this may involve alternative sentencing options or counseling in lieu of jail time.
The time immediately following a drug-related arrest is crucial. Before you talk to investigators or prosecutors, contact Suzuki Law Offices to schedule a free consultation. We are well-versed in drug crime defense, and our lawyers have the experience to help you obtain a favorable outcome. If you are searching for a criminal defense attorney to defend your case, speak with a member of our legal team today. Our Phoenix drug possession lawyers are ready to fight for you.
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