Understanding Drug Charges And Mounting A Defense
In Platte County, authorities aggressively enforce drug laws against the possession, trafficking, and/or distribution of controlled substances. Local police have cybercrime and drug squad units, and various sting operations have been featured in the local media.
If you are facing drug crime charges, you need a skilled and proactive defense. My criminal defense practice, Scott L. Campbell Law Offices, LLC, provides the experienced representation you need to counter the prosecution’s case and limit the consequences. I bring over 30 years of experience to your case.
Protecting Your Right To Proper Police Procedures
Authorities do not have unchecked power. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires warrants to be supported by probable cause. The Fifth Amendment and 14th Amendment guarantee citizens due process of law. These constitutional rights apply to police and courtroom procedures.
Unfortunately, aggressive enforcement efforts often make short shrift of these rights. As a criminal defense law attorney, I have seen countless instances where the court granted the motion to exclude key evidence because of improper police procedures. Without that evidence, prosecutors may not be able to meet their burden of proof and lose the case.
Exhausting All Investigative Leads
I exhaust all investigative leads in preparing your defense. Eyewitnesses may have a different recollection from the arresting officer’s. Dash cam footage may provide additional context or reveal unlawful police conduct. If I discover that your constitutional rights were compromised by improper police conduct, I will bring motions to suppress illegally obtained evidence.
Negotiating For Your Best Outcome
Sometimes the prosecution has strong evidence. Yet even in this situation, there may still be opportunities for negotiation. I rely on my experience evaluating a prosecutor’s caseload, willingness to go to trial and litigation skill. Many prosecutors and courts are overburdened with cases. Negotiations may result in lesser charges or a reduced sentence, saving everyone time and money. You may also be a candidate for drug court if you have underlying addiction issues, to help you get drug treatment instead of jail time that will only cause more problems in your life.
Contact An Experienced Drug Charges Attorney
I have defended clients accused of all types of drug crimes, from simple drug possession or possession with intent to distribute to more sophisticated allegations of manufacturing or drug trafficking. My cases have also involved a wide variety of controlled substances, including marijuana, meth, heroin and cocaine, and various recreational drugs including prescription narcotics.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you likely have many questions. Contact my office in Platte City to get answers today. Call 816-866-8022 or complete my online contact form to schedule a consultation.