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How to Deal With Drug Trafficking Charges

Drug trafficking is a serious offense and one that could have frightening consequences. If you are facing these charges in Florida, you need to have a knowledgeable attorney who can see to your best interests and ensure that you have a fair trial. In the State of Florida, the burden of proof rests with the State, which means they have to bring enough evidence against you to convict you of a crime and you are innocent until proven guilty.

In order to ensure that you have the best possible outcome in your case, whether you are innocent or guilty of the charges, here is what you need to know.

The Evidence Against You

Evidence Against YouTypically, in this type of case, the District Attorney is going to have to build a chain of evidence that is irrefutable and shows that you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This actually is going to work in your favor. You need to be honest with your attorney and make sure they know the circumstances leading up to your arrest.

In the event that the State doesn’t have a strong case against you, or you are indeed innocent, your attorney will be able to negotiate either for the charges to be dropped, or to plead the charges down to a lesser charge. Without an attorney, you could be facing the maximum charges, particularly if you don’t have a way to prove your case.

Building Your Case

Your attorney is going to be able to build a case that will either prove your innocence or show that your involvement is not significant enough to warrant the State’s charges. This is a long process that will require a good deal of legwork on their part.

They will need to find out what the State has for evidence and then begin interviewing witnesses, finding out the events that transpired and determining the best course of action to defend you. This is absolutely invaluable when it comes to deciding your fate for the next several years.

Your attorney will also begin to develop your case to prove to the State that this was either an isolated incident or a wrongful charge. They will find witnesses who will confirm your side of the events, as well as witnesses who can attest to the strength of your character.

Once your case is tried, these witnesses will be brought up to defend your case in front of the judge. In many drug trafficking cases, the strength of the witnesses is the defendant’s best weapon. The more witnesses and corroboration that your attorney can find, the better your chances will be of winning.

Finding the Best Representation

Best RepresentationAt the end of the day, the determination between facing a lengthy conviction and walking out of the courthouse free and clear is your attorney. If you are facing these charges, this is no laughing matter and you need an attorney who specializes in this particular type of case. Your garden variety lawyer will not be able to represent you adequately.

Take the time to interview several attorneys in your area and find the one who has the best combination of experience and a proven track record of success. Your future is too important to put into the hands of someone who doesn’t have these benefits.

Dealing With The Process

Facing these kind of charges can be stressful, particularly if you imprisoned while you have to wait. Being away from your loved ones can make you feel cut off and abandoned. A good attorney will be able to help you through this process and may be able to arrange bond so that you can await your trial outside of jail.

It is important to remain positive and do everything you can to work towards your future. If you have had an issue with drug use, your attorney may encourage you to join a rehabilitation program. This will help you build your case and show that you are committed to making big changes in your life. This will be helpful in the event that you are found guilty and may help reduce your sentence.

Never give up hope and trust that your attorney is going to do all that he can to ensure that you beat these charges and can go on to live a fulfilling and rewarding life in the community.

About the Author
James M. Burns of the Law Office of James M. Burns has served clients in Florida and Alabama for nearly two decades and brings a wealth of experience and legal savvy to your side when you need a staunch supporter and smart legal representation.

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