Maryland Drug Trafficking
There is no document and set of principles more essential for protecting the rights of clients than the U.S. Constitution. One area of particular interest is the area of drug trafficking law. That’s because the Constitution provides detailed protections from illegal searches and seizures. For example, the Massachusetts Supreme Court is set to hear a case that will determine whether police officers have the right to stop motorists for traffic violations when they are really using such stops to investigate other suspected criminal behavior. If at any point, an officer of the law violated the constitutional rights of any suspects involved, then the case against the defendant may be thrown out entirely.
If you are facing drug trafficking charges in Columbia or Glen Burnie, Maryland, then it’s essential that you learn more about your rights under the law and to contact a legal team that will fight tooth-and-nail on your behalf.
Police Officers’ Burden
If you’ve been arrested on drug trafficking charges, it may seem like all of the power is in the hands of the police. That makes sense. Trafficking is a felony. The belief that you’re powerless, however, is simply not true. In order for your arresting officer’s case to move through the legal system, there are a number of standards that must be met. If any one of those factors are inadequate, that bodes well for your position. For instance, the police and prosecutor need to be able to prove that there was:
- Probable cause to search your property, or
- Consent to search your property, or
- A warrant to search your property
- The intent to actually distribute or sell the drugs in your possession, rather than to consume them personally.
If police officers cut corners when it came to discovering the drugs in your possession, then the entire case may be thrown out. Similarly, there needs to be a good reason, that can stand up to scrutiny in a court of law, as to why someone was charged with trafficking, instead of simple possession. Were you found with scales, large amounts of cash, or baggies at the time of your arrest? If so, then you don’t have a strong case to refute that charge. If those items were not present at the time of your arrest, however, then you may be on firmer ground in successfully defending yourself against that charge.
Contacting the Right Lawyer
Before you’re able to successfully defend yourself against these types of serious charges, it is imperative to enlist the services of a tenacious and dedicated legal team like the one at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA. The attorneys at our office will fight tirelessly on your behalf. Securing justice is not necessarily an easy thing to do, but with the right team in place and a systematic approach, the legal system can produce positive outcomes. Call today to learn more about your options from our legal team.