Don't Just Plead Guilty As You Have Options!
Even a simple drug possession conviction in Michigan may result in drug treatment, county jail time, probation, community service, fines and court costs, loss of your driving privileges and conviction on your record for the rest of your life. The penalties varies with the crime charged. For example, penalties for possession, use, sale, trafficking and manufacturing of various drugs range from a small fine or probation to as much as many years in prison.
Evaluating the Case Details
A drug charge should always be evaluated to determine whether or not law the police properly arrested you. Questions such as: where and how did the police find the drugs, was it on your person or near you (such as a car or in a house); did they have a warrant? Was there consent to search your car, home or your person? Did the drugs belong to you or someone else? Did the police read your Miranda rights? Did the police force you to confess or sign documents that you did not want to sign? Evidence obtained by the police violation of your constitutional rights, no matter how persuasive, is often inadmissible in court. If such evidence is found inadmissible, often your case will be dismissed or will result in a very favorable plea bargain.
Challenging Admissibility of Evidence
Most challenges to the admissibility of criminal evidence are based on the 4th Amendment, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. For example, sometimes search warrants are not properly obtained (or perhaps not obtained at all), or sometimes probable cause does not exist to support a search. In addition, Michigan law enforcement agencies often recruit a confidential informant to make their case. There are laws and rules of procedure that must be followed for the police to do this. If these rules are not followed, certainly you will want your lawyer to raise the issues which may cause your case to be dismissed or receive a favorable plea offer from the Prosecutor.
A good drug defense starts with an experienced Michigan drug crime attorney. An Attorney who practices in this area needs to be skilled at defending your Constitutional rights, and must be very knowledgeable about Michigan drug laws. To avoid jail or prison, you will need to contact a skilled drug defense attorney early on in your case. Sometimes waiting too long to hire an attorney can damage your case because there may be video evidence available that may prove you’re innocent and/or violations by the police which can result in a dismissal, lower charge or avoiding a public criminal record.
Talk to a Lawyer
In sum, you should hire the best drug attorney in Michigan you can afford to evaluate your case. Attorney Daniel Hajji is an experienced and aggressive drug crime defense attorney who has served clients throughout Southeast Michigan, including Oakland, Macomb and Wayne County. Attorney Daniel Hajji understand the drug laws in Michigan and will fight vigorously to protect your rights, reputation and livelihood.