Connecticut Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers
Helping people accused of various drug crimes in Connecticut
Connecticut law imposes strict penalties on you if you are convicted of drug offenses. If you have been accused of these kinds of crimes, you are likely scared and confused and are unsure of how to proceed. Without legal counsel, the criminal justice system may be bewildering and prosecutors may be telling you that your best course of action is simply to plead guilty and move on with your life. This is very seldom the case and, in many instances, there are many ways in which an experienced criminal defense attorney can help. Sometimes, an attorney may even be able to have the allegations against you completely dropped or dismissed. The best way to make sure that your legal rights are fully protected is to get an experienced lawyer immediately.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Connecticut drug crimes lawyer, call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000.
Connecticut drug crimes
There are various forms of conduct related to illegal drugs that are in violation of Connecticut laws. Some of the more common are discussed below.
- Possession – While still an extremely serious matter, simple possession of illegal drugs is perhaps the least serious of drug-related offenses in Connecticut. In many cases, possession offenses occur after a traffic stop or if law enforcement sees suspicious activity that may indicate drug use. The severity of the offense is often directly tied to the amount of drugs possessed. In many of these cases, there may be constitutional violations that occur during the investigative process that may result in the evidence gathered against you being excluded from court, such as drugs seized or confessions.
- Possession for sale and distribution – Possession for sale and distribution involves the possession of drugs and the intent to sell or distribute the drugs. Simply giving the drugs to a friend is considered distribution. Generally, intent to sell is inferred from the circumstances of the possession, which could be the amount of drugs found, the way in which it was packaged, the presence of paraphernalia intended to package the drugs for sale, and communications between you and other individuals.
- Conspiracy – If you agree with someone else to sell drugs, you can be charged with conspiracy even if you never sell or distribute any drugs. You can be found to be a member of a conspiracy if you store someone’s drugs for them or help them in any way, including counting any money made from selling the drugs or telling customers where to go. The penalties are greater the higher the amount of drugs involved, and you can be charged with the total amount of drugs in the entire conspiracy.
It is critical for anyone accused of a drug offense to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many cases, an attorney can help prevent you from saying or doing things during the investigative process that may indicate your guilt or help get evidence suppressed that could get your case dismissed. As a result, people accused of drug crimes should contact an attorney immediately.
Discuss your case with a Connecticut drug crimes lawyer today
A drug-related conviction can have an extremely negative impact on your life. As court proceedings are part of the public record, the existence of your case and its disposition will be easily accessible to anyone with the motivation to find it. In addition, you may be subject to significant legal penalties imposed by the court, including extensive jail time. Consequently, people who are accused of drug offenses in Connecticut should retain legal counsel immediately. Attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and Attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender and together, they now devote their practice to defending the legal rights of people accused of criminal offenses. To schedule a free consultation, call Duffy Law, LLC in New Haven today at 203-946-2000.