Protecting Your Rights: Defense Strategies for Drug Possession Charges
Every year in West Palm Beach hundreds are arrested for drug possession charges. While most of these charges are related to small quantities, current legislation could leave you with an unfair sentencing. At the Law Office of Patrick R. McKamey, P.A., we understand the impact an arrest for drug possession can have on your future, and our aggressive attorneys are here to fight for you every step of the way. There are a multitude of potential defenses for drug charges in South Florida. However, the specific defense to use greatly depends on the particular and unique circumstances surround your case.
What are some defenses to drug possession charges?
1. Fourth Amendment
If your Fourth Amendment rights were violated due to improper search and seizure by the police you can have a good change at seeing all of your charges dropped, even if incriminating evidence was found. For example, if the police officer who stopped you had no real probable cause to suspect you may be in the possession of illegal substance, but continued to search you or your belongings anyways, it could be seen as a Fourth Amendment violation.
2. Lack of Possession
In order for a possession charge to stick, the Florida prosecutor must prove that the drugs found in your residents or motor vehicle are in fact actually yours, instead of your guests or passengers. If you can argue with substantial evident that the drugs seized belonged to someone else, were planted, or you simply had no idea they were there in the first place—your case could potentially be dismissed.
3. Police Abuse & misconduct
Police who abuse their position of power often do so through illegal means. While the most common example of this is planting evidence, there are also other forms in which it manifests such as illegal search and seizure, methods of surveillance, and unreasonable intimidation. If the acting police officer in your case engaged in misconduct, it could be cause for dismissal of your charges.
How can I get a defense lawyer in West Palm Beach?
Making sure you have the best defense is the first step towards fighting your charges and cleaning your record. Our professional attorneys in West Palm Beach are here to protect your interests and make sure you get the best possible outcome. The Law office of Patrick R. McKamey, P.A. is dedicated to providing immediate support and representation. Don’t wait any longer and call the best drug defense lawyers in West Palm Beach today! We are available 24/7 to discuss your case, call us now at (561) 370-7424