If you are facing a drug possession charge, consider these ten important things to know.
- Getting arrested for drug possession does not mean you are guilty. Many times the police fail to properly conduct searches, exceed their legal authority or lump many people into a situation.
- Most drug possession charges are felonies.
- Once you plead guilty you have a conviction for life. Connecticut law does not have expungements like other states have.
- If convicted of a felony, you will have to give a DNA sample to the state which they will keep on file forever.
- If you got arrested in a car and someone else had drugs on them, you could also face a possession charge. Defenses to this issue exist. Remember, presence does not equal possession under the law.
- Routinely police departments use field tests on street drugs, but those field tests can give false positives.
- Laboratory testing of drugs may flag other substances and report them as drugs, so it is important to make sure the laboratory followed the proper procedure in doing the testing.
- Sometimes drugs are lost and/or destroyed by the police department which means that the state can never prove the case. If you please guilty in a case like this, you cannot “unplead.”
- There have never been any studies to support that drug sniffing dogs actually work properly
- The sooner you speak with an attorney, the faster your defense investigation can begin. Call us today.
This is a good start in terms of important things to know. If you have additional questions, please contact our office.