Your constitutional rights as they pertain to drug charges:
Protections against illegal searches and seizures:
Whenever you’re faced with being arrested for any reason, the smartest thing to do is avoid questioning without having an attorney present. The police cannot force you to answer their questions and, in fact, must stop questioning you when you request representation. Probable cause is also a huge factor pertaining to drug cases. Since many drugs are found while being pulled over for a moving violation, it’s important to consider some factors. The police must have a valid reason to request that you stop in the first place. They must also have a valid reason to conduct a search of your vehicle or property. Without these factors in place, they have no valid reason to conduct a search, detain you, or stop you in the first place. Furthermore, the evidence must be suppressed if it’s obtained through unreasonable measures or circumstances.
You have the right to remain silent:
Remaining silent is the best thing you could possible do when being interrogated by the police. What may seem to be an innocent conversation or question can often be used as evidence against you. Also, being arrested is a stressful event. It’s probably not the best time to be making any sort of statements. Simply telling the officer, detective, or anyone else questioning you that you’d like an attorney present is the best option at this point.
Your right to an attorney:
You have the right to request that an attorney be present for questioning and at any other phase of the process. An attorney can guide you through the process to help you avoid common pitfalls and from being manipulated into submission. Legally, the police must stop asking questions once you request an attorney.
A fair and speedy trial process:
Having a fair trial is essential to any type of court case and especially when it involves illegal substances. Jurors can often be biased if they’re not selected carefully or there’s a chance for your case to be swayed by outside knowledge. A speedy trial is also to your benefit. A speedy trial ensures that you’ll not be imprisoned for any longer than necessary.
Types of drug offenses by category:
The following drugs are federally categorized by their level of severity for abuse and addictive qualities:
Schedule I drugs:
These drugs are to be considered the most severe in nature and have no practical medical use according to the federal government. Drugs in the schedule I class include:
Schedule II drugs:
Schedule II drugs have valid medical uses; however, are deemed highly addictive and potentially dangerous. Among these drugs are:
Schedule III through V Drugs:
These drugs have medical uses; however, they’re still considered illegal for use without a prescription. They can range from steroids to Xanax. Even some cough medicines fall into this category including Robitussin AD.
Contact us today for help with your case:
Getting in touch with us for a drug possession charge in Pennsylvania is a wise choice. We’ll fight for your rights and prepare a solid defense on your behalf. We’ll be happy to help you succeed just like so many others. Reach out to us for your case evaluation, today.