Getting arrested and accused of drug trafficking can be a traumatic experience for someone who is innocent. No one wants to face the possibility of spending years behind bars for a crime that they did not commit, but it is a common situation for many convicted offenders. Not having the support of a strong legal team to argue a case is one of the main reasons innocent people end up behind bars. For example, rather than hiring a lawyer, many offenders rely on a public defender who may not put enough attention into the case. If you need to prove that you are not a drug trafficker, there are a few reasons why you should hire a lawyer who has experience with defending clients for such crimes.
A Home Raid without a Search Warrant
Were you first informed about being charged with drug trafficking after the authorities kicked your door in and raided your home? Even if the authorities suspected you to be a drug trafficker, certain actions can only be taken after undergoing a process. For example, if your home was searched without the authorities having a search warrant, a lawyer can use it to defend your case. They will consider the possible reasons why such an action was illegally taken, including racial profiling or another form of harassment. If the drug that was found in your home is legal in your state and was for personal use, a lawyer will prove it in court.
Getting Coerced into Admitting Guilt
After you were arrested and taken to the police station, did you admit guilt because of the direction of the interrogation session? For example, did the interrogation officer bully you into admitting guilt and make you feel as though defending yourself would get you into deeper trouble? The advantage of hiring your own attorney is that they will look deep into every aspect of the case, including how you were interrogated. Fortunately, interrogations are recorded so they can be reviewed if anything of concern takes place during the process. A lawyer can obtain the video footage and determine if you were coerced into admitting guilt or not.
Accepting a Plea Deal as a Last Resort
Depending on the direction of your drug trafficking case after a lawyer presents evidence, accepting a plea deal might be wise. However, it is not wise to accept any plea deal that is presented to you. A lawyer will consider the details of the plea deal and your level of evidence to let you know if you should accept the deal. They might also present a different plea deal to see if it will get accepted.
For additional information or assistance with your case, contact a criminal attorney firm in your area—such as Epstein & Robbins