Two men and one woman are facing a multitude of criminal charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant on a Saint Lucie home. The raid included officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other departments. At approximately 5:45 a.m., law enforcement officials approached the home to enter and look for drugs.
Law enforcement found what they were looking for. Execution of the search warrant leaves the three arrested in need of a Saint Lucie drug trafficking defense attorney for charges ranging from possession with intent to traffic drugs, possession of drugs and possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription. One of the people arrested also faces charges for possessing a firearm despite having a felony conviction. Law enforcement officers report finding oxycodone, ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medications.
An experienced Saint Lucie criminal attorney knows that allegations of drug trafficking are serious. A person that’s convicted of attempting to sell drugs can face years in prison. Any felony conviction can come with the loss of the right to own firearms and difficulties finding employment. This is in addition to serious fines and civil forfeiture penalties that come with a drug conviction.
Fortunately, there are a number of defenses that are potentially available to these defendants and anyone else that needs a drug trafficking criminal lawyer. An attorney can help you evaluate the search warrant that law enforcement used to enter your property. If the court believes that law enforcement searched your home without the proper authority, they might throw out the search warrant and all of the evidence against you.
In addition, you might have defenses that relate to whether you actually possessed the drugs in question and your intentions to sell the drugs. Usually the police prove your intent with evidence of things like the amount of drugs, scales and plastic bags in your possession. If this evidence is lacking, they might have a hard time proving that you intended to sell anything. Even so, just possessing significant amounts of drugs is usually a serious offense even without allegations that you intended to sell the drugs.
A Saint Lucie Drug Trafficking defense attorney can help you defend yourself from the charges against you. You may have viable defenses that you may not be aware of. If you or someone you know have been in a similar legal situation contact The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A. at 772.489.2200.