How do you ensure fair treatment and the best end result when facing drug possession charges?
If you’re facing a drug possession charge in Connecticut, it is likely to be an overwhelming experience. Whether you have been arrested or indicted under state or federal law, drug possession cases are serious charges that carry stiff penalties, including incarceration.
If it is your first offense, you may qualify for a diversionary program or the prosecutors may offer a plea deal, which will consist of a reduction in the charges for a plea of guilty. However, many questions should be asked and answered first. For example, is a plea deal really in your best interests? Before you can decide that answer, it is always best to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to and answers your questions understand all of your options.
Protecting your Rights
One of the most important tasks that a criminal defense lawyer takes on is making sure that you understand your rights have been treated fairly at all times. All defendants have the right to a fair trial and, in many instances, taking your case to trial may be the best option.
Your attorney will help develop the case by investigating the facts, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and reviewing reports that you may otherwise not have access to without counsel.
If you choose not to take your case to trial, or if the evidence is overwhelming against you, you still have the right to be treated fairly. Many times defendants plead guilty to charges without fully understanding how having a felony conviction on their record will affect their future. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will ensure that you ensure that you have all of the information needed to help you make the right decision.
Consequences of a Guilty Verdict
In Connecticut, laws regarding drug possession are very serious. Therefore, the punishment can be very strict. Courts tend to be extremely rigid and a guilty plea or conviction is likely to follow you for the rest of your life. This will affect your future in an unlimited amount of ways.
For this reason it is vital that you consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who may help minimize the penalties that you may be facing. Everyone wants the best end result: no criminal record and little punishment. Although this may not be possible, if you do not have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help walk you through the process, your chance of reaching the best outcome is minimal.
Defending Against the Charges
One option to defend against drug possession charges is to apply for a drug treatment and diversion program. Many times, prosecutors will be willing to forgo the charges if a person is willing to undergo treatment and shows a strong willingness to change their ways. However, this program is limited to first-time offenders.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to assist you with deciding if a program is right for you, help discover whether you are eligible for the program, and work with prosecutors to ensure the best outcome for your case.
If you are eligible to participate in a program, and the court accepts your application, prosecution against you will be diverted for one year, giving you time to successfully complete the program’s conditions. Once the program is successfully completed, the charges against you are dismissed and you have a second chance to move on with your life without a conviction or guilty plea on your record.
If you are facing charges of drug possession or distribution, call our experienced criminal defense lawyers at The APEX Law Firm today at (860) 900-0900 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your options.