When arrested for drug trafficking, you may think there are no possible defenses. There are a number of reasons that someone can beat or evade drug trafficking charges. If you’re facing these charges, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how a Maryland drug crimes lawyer can help you navigate these charges.
What Constitutes Drug Trafficking?
Someone can be charged with drug trafficking in Maryland when found with a large amount of drugs. However, this differs from possession, as those in possession of large quantities of controlled substances are likely to manufacture, transport, and distribute these drugs.
Drug trafficking can include, but is not limited to, the following:
It’s also important to note that the severity of the charges against someone will vary depending on the aggravating circumstances of the crime. While drug trafficking is charged as a felony, the penalties will vary. For example, if someone is found with a small amount of Xanax, they will likely face a lesser sentence than someone found with 300 pounds of heroin in their home
Are There Any Possible Defenses?
There are several possible defenses that could apply to your situation.
One of the most common defense options is that the drugs were taken as a result of an illegal search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment protects the rights of citizens by asserting that the police need the proper legal means or probable cause to search a person’s personal property. If law enforcement officers did not have probable cause or a search warrant, the evidence found and seized will likely be deemed inadmissible.
Another defense is that the chain of custody for the evidence seized was broken. When evidence enters police custody, it is subject to strict standards. If a person does not handle the material correctly or document that it was in their custody, it could be deemed inadmissible or suppressed as a result. This is because the evidence can be lost, tampered with, or compromised.
What Should I Do if I’m Facing Trafficking Charges?
When arrested for trafficking, the most important thing you must do is remain silent. Regardless of the charges, the police have the right to use anything you say against you. You should not speak to anyone until you have a lawyer present to guide you.
If you need an attorney, the Law Offices of Debra Saltz is here to help. Our dedicated legal team will explore all possible avenues for a defense to help you through this challenging legal issue. Contact us today to learn more about how we can provide you with the legal assistance you need.