If you are arrested and charged with a drug offense, speak with an experienced
What is a Drug Crime?
A drug crime is unlawful possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine,
marijuana or heroin. Drug crimes can either be classified as felonies
or misdemeanors. The distinction generally is the amount of drugs that
a person possesses when arrested. Drug offenses are prosecuted in either
the state or federal courts.
What Happens if I Am Arrested for a Drug Crime?
After a person is arrested for a drug offense, the presiding judge sets
bond and the conditions of release. The amount of bail that will be set
is a factor of several issues. These include a person’s criminal
history, his ties to the community and the type of drug offense with which
he is charged. Cocaine and heroin offenses are treated with more severity
than other narcotics offenses. Bail is therefore higher in these cases.
Another significant factor specific to drug offenses is whether a gun was
recovered during the arrest. Gun possession in connection to a drug crime
increases the severity of the offense dramatically.
Once bail is posted, contact us. Even if you cannot post bail, ask a relative
to contact us. Do not plead guilty to any drug offense without speaking
to a lawyer.
Do I Need Legal Assistance if I Am Charged With a Drug Crime?
Do not plead guilty to any drug offense without counsel. We regularly are
able to negotiate settlements in drug cases that result in reduced charges
for our clients in both Tennessee and Mississippi. In many drug cases,
there are options available that will entail treatment – as opposed
to imprisonment – and then dismissal of all charges. We therefore
are able to obtain settlements that result in dismissals for our clients.
Guilty pleas to many drug offenses have severe immigration consequences.
For example, a guilty plea to misdemeanor cocaine possession would be
detrimental to naturalization. We have represented successfully many individuals
whose immigration status depended on our ability to achieve favorable
settlements in drug cases.