Drug Charge Defense Lawyer in Georgetown
Delaware does not do a good job of helping people with substance abuse problems. Once you are arrested, the prosecution will look for ways to overcharge you, not help you receive treatment. At MurrayPhillips P.A. in Georgetown, Dover and Wilmington, Delaware, we give honest answers, realistic options and practical solutions to your problems
As your attorneys, we work to minimize the potential criminal consequences and help you address any other issues related to your drug charges. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and your options. Go here to contact us today.
The Consequences of a Conviction
A drug arrest can be a life-changing event. If you are driving and have marijuana in your system, there is a presumption of DUI. Even a misdemeanor drug offense can cause you to lose your drivers license for one to three years. This loss of driving privileges poses serious challenges.
Equally importantly though, prosecutors often change a simple drug possession charge into a felony:
- Depending on the amount of drugs in your possession, you could be charged with intent to distribute.
- If the drugs are found in your car or home, the police can charge you with maintaining a vehicle or residence for the purpose of keeping or storing a controlled substance—a felony charge that could result in forfeiture of your property.
- If you were arrested within 1,000 feet of a school, you could be subject to enhanced penalties.
- If you are convicted of felony drug charges, you face a lengthy prison sentence and a lifetime criminal record. You would be barred from many types of jobs. You would also be barred from voting or owning firearms.
As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we take a pragmatic approach to drug charges. Whether you have been accused of possession of marijuana or distribution of cocaine, we will be focused on minimizing the long-term consequences of these allegations.
Defenses in Drug Cases
Delaware offers diversion programs for drug charges which would enable you to avoid having a drug conviction on your record. As your lawyers, we can help you get into this program. If you are not eligible, we can explore other options and defenses to ensure you are not steamrollered by the system.
If the police made mistakes in the drug search and seizure, we can file a motion to suppress the evidence. Police need a reason to stop you. Once they stop you, they must have probable cause that you committed a crime before they can search your vehicle or your person.
If you are facing drug charges, we would like to meet with you in person to discuss your case. To schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Georgetown call us at 302-855-9300. We can be reached at our Dover or Wilmington office by calling 302-697-2499. You can also contact us through email.