Drug Crimes Lawyer in Indianapolis Negotiating Your Sentence and Penalties
In Indiana, drug offenses cover a wide range of offenses, from simple possession of a small amount of marijuana to the possession or dealing of large amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and other drugs.
Just as the range of drug offenses varies greatly, so do the penalties for drug-related criminal convictions. Normally, if you are arrested with large amounts of drugs or more serious types of drugs or controlled substances, you will face tougher penalties.
For example, first-time possession of marijuana charges will likely not result in any jail time, and a conditional discharge could even dismiss the charges. On the other hand, depending on the particular facts of a case, a conviction for dealing cocaine or a similar controlled substance could lead to as many as 50 years in prison.
Our Indianapolis drug crime lawyers with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC can help you understand your drug charges, possible implications, and solutions depending on the severity of your charge, including lesser penalties and fines and possible discharge.
Book a free initial consultation and speak with an experienced drug crime attorney today to review your drug case: (317) 623-4546.
What if I’ve Been Charged with a Drug Crime?
The good news is that just because you are arrested for drug possession or drug dealing, it does not mean you are automatically guilty as charged.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug offense, resist the temptation to lose all hope and agree with the police and prosecutors that you will be convicted. The police and prosecutors may present facts that make it seem like a conviction is all but guaranteed.
However, for several years, the head attorney with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC practiced exclusively in drug courts daily, and know there is another set of facts and important questions that must be answered in every drug case, such as:
- Do you have a valid motion to suppress any illegal drugs found?
- Do you have a valid motion to suppress any incriminating statements given to police because you were in their custody and they failed to properly advise you of your Miranda Rights?
- Did the police ask to search your vehicle without advising you of your right to speak with an attorney, or could you deny their search request?
- Did the police perform a “pat down” search on you without articulating any threat to officer safety?
- Were there multiple individuals in a vehicle, and the illegal substance was found in a common area of a car belonging to someone else?
- Were you stopped by the police because you didn’t seem to belong in the neighborhood you were in? Or were you stopped because you turned and walked away from the police upon seeing them?
- Was the measurement of the drugs found properly?
This insight, as the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC is retained to represent you, will be valuable in your drug crimes case.
What are my Rights in a Drug Crimes Conviction?
The Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and Article I, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution provide you with important rights that cannot be violated by police officers.
As such, police routinely violate the rights of people to be free from illegal searches of their cars, homes, and persons. However, most people simply do not know their rights, and even other attorneys with extensive experience representing drug cases do not know the right questions to ask or the right motions to file, to fully protect your rights and your future.
In leading drug cases, the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC investigates both pretrial defenses and trial defenses. Pretrial defenses include motions to dismiss and motions to suppress evidence, such as illegal drugs or incriminating statements. For instance, if the police seized evidence, including computers, drugs, money, records, or vehicles, without a search warrant, the State of Indiana has the burden of proving the warrantless search was valid.
Also, even where police have a search warrant, there are sometimes deficiencies in the probable cause affidavit used to obtain the warrant, or police sometimes fail to properly execute the warrant. Trial defenses include using the concept of constructive possession to a client’s advantage. The concept of constructive possession says that when an illegal drug or controlled substance is not found in the physical possession of a person (for example, drugs found in the bathroom of an apartment shared by three roommates), the State must prove that the person charged was aware of the presence of the drug or control substance and that the person had an intention to exercise control or dominion over it.
What Can I Expect in a Drug Crime Case?
With smart questions, facts, and a strong understanding of drug crime cases and creative angles, an Indianapolis drug crime lawyer with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC can likely help minimize your drug crime charges or negotiate a more favorable outcome.
Take a real-life case in action as a testimony of possible results. An Indianapolis drug crime attorney with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC recently employed constructive possession in a two-day jury trial in the Huntington County Superior Court. The client was charged with multiple major felonies, including dealing and possession of heroin, which could have led to him serving more than 100 years in jail if convicted of all counts.
The client was stopped on a traffic violation, was found to be driving on a suspended driver’s license, and in a subsequent search of his vehicle by police officers and K-9 police dogs, cocaine and heroin were found in a lockbox attached to the underside of the client’s vehicle.
At trial, Attorney Corey L. Scott demonstrated that although the the were found attached to the client’s car, he did not know they were there and, as such, had no intention to exercise control or dominion of the drugs.
The prosecution argued the drugs were in a location close to the driver’s side door, where the client had to have known the drugs were there. Other factors, such as the amount of money he had on him at the time, pointed to the fact that he was a drug dealer. The case was tried before a jury for over two days. After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury found the client not guilty, and he left the courtroom a free man.
Leave your case up to chance, and you could serve time and pay serious penalties. If you are convicted of a drug-related offense or illegal possession, book an initial consultation with our firm to see how we can protect your constitutional rights, as we have so many other clients.
How Can a Drug Crimes Attorney Help Me?
Over the years, the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC has successfully defended against drug charges at every stage of a case. In context, an Indianapolis drug crime attorney with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC successfully argued motions to suppress evidence, which led to numerous dismissals of drug charges, from misdemeanors to major felonies.
An Indianapolis drug crime attorney with the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC has taken drug cases to trial and won them using various defenses available in drug cases. And in situations where it is in the best interest of the client to plead guilty, the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC successfully minimized the consequences of a drug conviction, including having felony charges reduced to misdemeanors where possible or having the charges dismissed by way of a conditional discharge.
Whether you have been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana or face major felony drug dealing charges, one thing is certain: a drug-related conviction can have a far-reaching negative impact on future job opportunities and educational possibilities and can leave a permanent stain on your otherwise good name.
With so much at stake, you owe it to your family, freedom, and future to call an experienced drug defense attorney to protect your rights. Get a free case evaluation today and call the Law Office of Corey L. Scott LLC: (317) 623-4546.