With a drug bust comes lots of attention from the media. Once your face has been plastered on the local news, your neighbors, acquaintances, friends and family will know of your legal woes. It is especially difficult because the legal process is slow and it may take months to resolve the charges against you. In the meantime, it is natural to feel isolated and alone.
Charges associated with a drug bust vary in severity depending on the drug and the amount in possession. If the charge involves 30 grams or less of Marijuana, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and sentenced up to 30 days in jail and $500 in fines. However, if this is your first offense, it’s quite possible to get probation without a verdict, avoiding the possibility of a permanent criminal record. If you are caught with more than 30 grams of marijuana, you will face up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines. Other controlled substances carry more serious penalties if convicted. This applies to drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, prescriptions, ecstasy, and LSD. If it is your first offense, penalties include up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines. For a second offense, up to 2 years in prison and fines. For a third offense, up to 3 years in prison and fines.
Being accused of a crime is not the same as being convicted—you do have options.
If you have been arrested for drug charges, whether you believe you have been lawfully arrested or unlawfully arrested, you are entitled to legal representation. Discussing your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer is the best way to determine what defense options are available to you, and to best preserve your freedom and your rights under the law.
At Laguna Reyes Maloney, LLP, we are experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys who have extensive trial experience. Our lead attorney, Roger Laguna, is a former policeman who knows what to expect from law enforcement officers and prosecutors. We are relentless in our efforts to protect the rights of people charged with serious crimes. Let us protect your constitutional rights. We provide a free initial consultation. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 717-233-5292 for an appointment.