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Drug Crimes

Upon Conviction, Drug Crimes Often Mean Serious Time

Since the advent of the "war on drugs" in the 1980's, the policy of zero tolerance, and the establishment by the State and Federal Governments of harsher and harsher sentences, the government at all levels has aggressively pursued drug convictions. Drug crimes are considered "gateway crimes" that can eventually lead to other types of crimes including white collar, violent and sexual crimes. Large drug busts mean big publicity for law enforcement, the prosecution, and politicians.

Citizens who may be in involved in the possession or distribution of drugs are favorite targets of prosecutors because drug convictions tend to be easier to get than other types of crimes. The prevalence of drug use leads many people to assume drug charges are minor, "victimless" crimes.

On the contrary, drug crimes have among the most aggressive sentencing policies in the criminal justice system. Even minor possession charges can result in a criminal record, loss of your drivers' license and difficulty in keeping or getting jobs. Convictions on possession of controlled substances or on selling or trafficking / distributing drugs can result in long prison times with mandatory sentencing guidelines. This is why drug charges must be fought with extremely skilled and vigorous defense.

The Best Defense Starts With a Good Offense!

The most common approach to drug crimes defense is to get the charges dismissed or substantially reduced without a trial. Pre-trial defense strategies usually center on the suppression or handling of evidence. This requires more than just knowledge of the law. It requires specific experience in drug related defense strategies backed by forensic experts who can conduct the research necessary for a successful defense.

Unlike many other types of crimes, drug charges can result in federal prosecution. The federal government has an entire agency dedicated solely to pursuing drug convictions. It is critical that you determine whether you are facing federal charges or under federal investigation. Even a charge made by your state can later be handed to the federal government. If so, you need an attorney experienced in the Federal Court System.

Carabin Shaw have a long track record of dramatic results in drug cases. Our defense strategies and our cadre of experienced drug trial attorneys at both the state and federal level have saved our clients years of prison time.

We provide all of the resources needed to get the best possible results for our clients.


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As a client, you can now draw on the combined talents and resources of a highly experienced law firm with one goal -- getting the best possible result for your case. We stand ready to defend you both inside and outside the courtroom.

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