Getting caught with illegal drugs is never anything anyone wants to have to deal with. Criminal defense attorneys often initially receive the question, how can we make this go away? If only it were that simple, but our friends at Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, Attorneys at Law, have some suggestions to put your drug case in the best possible position when you speak with our lawyers.
First step, don’t say anything. Yeah, you heard that right, DO NOT SAY A WORD! The more you say the more problematic it could be down the road. Your best interest at the scene is to keep quiet. Remember, law enforcement is not on your side when you’re pulled over. They’ll say, “Look, we can make this easy, just admit to it and I’ll make sure you don’t have any issues with bond.” They know your focus at the time is your freedom. But think about it, are you really going to be stuck in jail for what they’re going to charge you with? Also, is it more important to focus on the initial bond, or the overall case? Everything you say can and will be used against you.
Second, stay calm, don’t run, and take a deep breath. A drug possession lawyer will tell you that law enforcement will try to get you upset, and you probably already will because you’re interacting with law enforcement, but don’t let them get you worked up so you’re not thinking clearly. Focus on what’s going on, and remember, your goal is not to give them anything extra they can use against you later. Criminal charges are one thing and criminal convictions are something totally different, let’s focus on trying to prevent the conviction if at all possible. Don’t say a word.
Third if you’re in handcuffs, and under arrest, request an attorney. We know you’re smart, but they know what they’re looking for. Their goal is to make their criminal case stronger. Your goal is to prevent that from happening. When you’re under arrest, request a criminal defense attorney. You have a right to counsel and once you make that request all questioning will have to cease. Bear in mind, if you start talking again on your own, without them asking you a question, you may very well waive your right to an attorney.
Finally, remember to comply with law enforcement at the scene. They may have done something wrong but arguing with them at the scene isn’t going to win the case for you…it’s arguing the case in court. When you’re being arrested, they’re not going to say, “you got us, let’s just not charge you.” It’s sort of like in basketball when a coach argues with a referee’s call. Have you ever seen them change the call? The same holds true with law enforcement, your arguing won’t change what they’re charging you with criminally and may add more charges.
So, when dealing with a drug possession case, remember:
- Don’t say a Word
- Stay Calm
- Request an Attorney
- Comply with Law Enforcement
If you need help with a drug possession charge we encourage you to seek assistance from a criminal defense attorney, who is competent in these types of charges. With proper representation, we may be able to suppress the stop of your car, the search of your vehicle, and even throw out your statements.