What to do if Accused of a Drug Crime
Every year, many thousands of people are arrested on drug possession charges. Often, these charges relate to very small amounts of controlled substances in a vehicle or on a person. These cases comprise a significant percentage of the criminal court dockets of every state, Wisconsin included. So, what should you do if you are charged with a drug crime?
Know Your Rights
Everyone has the right to be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As the accused, you are not required to prove your innocence. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor. To meet that burden, the government must present a strong case that leaves no room for any reasonable conclusion other than guilt. The Constitution also recognizes that all citizens have a right to a trial before a jury of their peers. You may waive your right to a trial by jury in one of two ways: (1) reaching a settlement with the prosecution, or (2) trying the case directly to a judge . Your attorney will help you decide which option is the best way forward.
Contact a Criminal Lawyer
If you’re stopped and accused of selling drugs, it’s important to speak with a criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Exercise your right to remain silent and hire the best attorney you can find. You should not talk to the authorities without a plan in place.
At Nelson Defense Group, we begin by presuming you innocent. This sounds easy enough, but all too often, other criminal defense attorneys ignore this constitutional principle and skip right to negotiating what they think is the best “deal” possible. At Nelson Defense Group, we do not ever label plea agreements as “deals,” because nothing involving an infringement of your life, liberty or happiness is ever a “deal.” Instead, we begin by presuming you innocent and analyze the State’s case to determine what if any Motions we can file to persuade the judge that the evidence (usually the drugs) must be suppressed (or thrown out of court) due to law enforcement’s violation of your 4th, 5th or 6th Amendment rights. We then aggressively litigate the motion, which includes conducting our own defense investigation, when necessary.
If you or a loved one has been arrested and accused of a drug crime in the state of Wisconsin, contact us today. We are Wisconsin’s premier criminal defense firm for defending people accused of drug crimes.