Newark, NJ Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer
Drug distribution (trafficking) is as simple as you sharing a marijuana joint with someone else. There is no requirement that you sell the drugs, or that you get something in exchange for the drugs. The mere fact that you give the drugs to someone else exposes you to this criminal charge. The passing of the drugs can be hand-to-hand, it can be by mail, and it can be by leaving them in a stash location for someone else to pick up. Each of these acts is a sufficient basis for the cops to charge you with drug distribution.
If you are charged with drug distribution, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer before making any decisions. Call Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.
Drug Trafficking versus Drug Possession
One of the best defenses of drug trafficking is to present a basis for the drugs that has nothing to do with distribution. If you have a drug abuse problem with that type of drugs, you can establish that the drugs were for your own use, not for passing them to someone else. In a recent case, Howard Bailey successfully convinced a prosecutor that his client had the drugs because he was an addict. There were no observations of suspected hand-to-hand drug deals, no undercover police officer buys, and no statement by the client saying why he had the drugs. As part of the defense we prepared to present evidence through the client that he had been using drugs and in-out of treatment programs for the past decade, and the prosecutor offered the client a plea to drug possession instead of the more serious trafficking charge.
Defending a Drug Distribution Case
The defense of these types of charges requires an analysis of what the State will rely on to prove that the drugs were possessed for the purposes of passing them to someone else. Was there more drugs than one person could reasonably use? Was there more than one type of drug? Were there any hand-to-hand distributions of drugs? How were the drugs packaged? Was there any paraphernalia used for packaging the drugs for distribution? Was there paraphernalia for the use of the drugs? These and other issues will determine what the State will argue to support the charge, and how the defense will need to respond to defend the client from a conviction.
If you are charged with drug distribution, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any decisions on how to protect your rights and your freedom. Call Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.