Common Defenses to Drug Trafficking Charges
What some clients do not realize is that, even if the drugs in your possession were only intended for personal use, depending on the type of drug and the amount or weight of that drug, you could be charged with drug trafficking. Drug trafficking results in much stiffer penalties in most cases. Drug trafficking charges can come with minimum sentences, regardless of whether the drugs were for personal use. Understanding some of the common defenses to drug trafficking charges can be very valuable.
Drug Trafficking Defenses
An aggressive drug trafficking defense is the only way to ensure that the arresting officer had probable cause to arrest you, and that they did not violate your constitutional rights by conducting an illegal search or seizure. If these things can be proven, then it is possible your criminal charges could be reduced or dismissed. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your particular case, one of the following common defense strategies may be useful:
- the police did not have probable cause to conduct a search
- you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time
- the police did not have a warrant to conduct a lawful search
- you had not intent to traffic drugs
- you were unaware of any drug trafficking activities
“Drug Trafficking Enterprise” in Alabama
Under Alabama’s drug trafficking laws, the term “drug trafficking enterprise” is defined as under Ala. Code §13A-12-233 as the following:
Undertaken by such person in concert with five or more other persons with respect to whom such person occupies a position of organizer, a supervisory position, or any other position of management, and from which such person obtains substantial income or resources.
Drug trafficking laws can be difficult to navigate through. Establishing an effective defense is the only way to avoid the serious consequences of a drug trafficking conviction in Alabama.
If you have questions regarding drug charges, or any other criminal defense matters, please contact Ketcham Law by calling us at (205) 296-4233.