Tips for What to Do If You Find Yourself in Cuffs for Drug Possession
Being arrested is a scary experience for most people, as the act of having cuffs linked over your wrists can be enough to put a person?s mind into a whirl of anxieties and panic. However, it is perhaps a better idea to stay cool, calm, and collected during your arrest. Anyone who is facing a conviction for drug possession, can rely on an attorney for assistance. It is vital to safeguarding your future to consult with a legal professional after being accused of a drug possession crime.
Those who get arrested for drug possession, must remember they are innocent until proven otherwise by the prosecution. Here we have provided some tips on what to do if you find yourself in handcuffs and have no idea what to do next:
Remain Quiet During the Arrest
An attorney cannot emphasize enough the important of remaining silent during your car ride in the back of the cop car to the police station. In a moment of panic, it may be an automatic reaction to defend yourself. However, the chances of an officer releasing you after putting handcuffs on are probably slim to none. Once an officer has made up his or her mind about arresting you, the words you say thereafter may only be used against you.
Sometimes, law enforcement uses sneaky tactics to get you to talk about the arrest. Remember, the arresting officer is not your friend and does not have your best of interest in mind. If an officer starts asking you questions related to the crime while at the station, request that you have an attorney present before talking further. Only provide the required information, such as your name, contact information, and license for purposes of booking.
Understand the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor
Those who face a drug possession charge, may either sustain a misdemeanor or felony based on the kind of drug and in what quantity it was found. In the eyes of the law, those who were found in possession of large amounts of illegal drugs probably had the intent to distribute and/or sell to others. An attorney can evaluate your circumstances to decide whether you are more vulnerable to facing a felony or misdemeanor drug possession charge. Aggravating factors of the arrest which can worsen the consequences include:
- Possessing the drug while in the presence of a child or minor
- Possessing the drug near or while visiting a facility associated with drug treatment programs
- Possessing the drug in a public pool, housing unit, recreational park, or other public settings
- Possessing the drug near or while visiting school grounds
We can imagine the state of fear and confusion you may currently be feeling. Please contact a drug lawyer Bloomington, IL trusts right away so they can begin creating a defense strategy.
Thanks to Pioletti & Pioletti for their insight into criminal defense and tips for drug possession charges.
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