Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2013 – Drug cases are not always open and such. There are many legal issues that are open to question.
“Some people think that if they get arrested for a drug offense, such as trafficking in a controlled substance or possession of marijuana, that their goose is cooked. That is not the case,” stated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. There are numerous legal issues that exist to be explored when mounting a defense to crimes of this nature, and speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney will provide various options for moving forward.
The one thing that most individuals who have been charged with a drug offense fear is losing their driver’s license for two years. This happens if a person has been convicted by a judge of a criminal offense involving a controlled substance. “This suspension can be prevented,” said Grajek, “by getting a withhold of adjudication, which in a nutshellm means you would not lose your driver’s license.”
Obtaining a withhold of adjudication is not the only ace up a good criminal defense attorney’s sleeve. “There are other legal questions that may need to be examined, such as did the police have a search warrant to search a home, car and your person, did they have probable cause or the right to even search you, your car and your home, if sniffer dogs were used, were they reliable and would the search hold up in court, was there search and seizure, if there was seizure of something, was it timely and was the information the police acted on current or outdated?” outlined Grajek.
“As you can see, drug arrests can be unpredictable and complex. Certainly they are never easy or straightforward. There may be instances where we can get a search warrant thrown out of court, or have evidence suppressed, excluded or thrown out. If you suspect you are about to be arrested on drug charges, or have already been arrested, call an experienced Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, you need legal counsel to navigate the system,” added Grajek.
Drug cases are ripe with legal issues that may go in the favor of the individual charged, not the least of which is the question of whether or not the drugs were actually found on the person arrested, and if they were not, were they found in a car, house or other location near the area the person was arrested? “The answers to these questions are vitally important in building you a defense. Call me if you need help. We can discuss your options,” suggested Grajek.
Thomas C. Grajek
206 Easton Drive, Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803