All individuals have the right to a fair trial and the opportunity to defend themselves against criminal accusations. In some cases, people can have their charges dismissed or seek reduced or alternative sentences. Those who are convicted for drug possession, for example, can arguably be rehabilitated, often through some form of treatment or drug diversion program.
If you or someone you know is facing drug charges, it may be wise to consult a licensed professional. Legal counsel can help guide you through the process of defending allegations made against you, and understand your rights in the legal system.
Some charges carry with them serious consequences and those facing such charges are best served with an attorney on their side.
Whether you are a repeat offender or facing your first offense, there can be instances where a strong defense could help to reduce charges and avoid more serious consequences for crimes such as drug manufacturing and intent to distribute.
A father and son in Florida were recently arrested after police acting under a search warrant found various drugs, cash and a handgun found at one of the man’s homes. At the father’s home, police found a security camera system in place on the property, as well as 22 animals, including what are reported to have been six guard dogs. All the animals were removed by Animal Services officers.
The drug offenses the pair has been charged with vary slightly but altogether, include:
- Drug possession
- Selling drugs
- Possession of firearm by a convicted felon
- Possession of a structure for the purpose of selling or manufacturing a controlled substance.
The men are both convicted felons, with charges that include violent crimes. They were ultimately released after posting bail. It could be in their best interest to consult with an attorney who can help them understand their rights and the severe penalties they could be facing.
Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Father, son arrested in Hernando on charges of dealing drugs,” June 26, 2014