Top-Rated criminal defense attorney Edward R La Rue, founder of the Edward R La Rue in Cleveland, OH, outlines how to get the best possible outcome when facing a drug possession charge. For more information please visit https://www.edwardrlarue.com
— In a recent interview, top-rated criminal defense attorney Edward R La Rue, founder of the Edward R La Rue in Cleveland, OH, revealed how to get the best possible outcome when facing a drug possession charge.
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When asked for a comment, he said, “Due to its potential life-changing implications, a drug possession charge should be taken seriously by experienced defense attorneys. Only the most appropriate defense strategies should be deployed to help you to receive the best possible outcome when facing a drug possession charge. Here are some of the best defense strategies for drug possession.”
A common defense strategy, according to La Rue, is to investigate whether a client’s constitutional rights were violated before the search, and ultimately the arrest of the individual.
"The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution gives every citizen the right to due process of law, meaning that everyone is entitled to lawful searches and seizures by government agents. So, for instance, illegal drugs that were seized in plain sight during a routine traffic stop can be utilized as evidence. However, let's say that you didn't give police permission to search in the trunk of your car, and they found an illicit substance. In this case, law enforcement might have abused your constitutional right."
He continued by saying, “If it’s found that your Fourth Amendment constitutional rights were violated, then any drug found during the search and seizure cannot be entered or used as evidence in a case against you. When this happens, the charges against the suspect are typically dropped.”
Another route a criminal defense attorney might go down in fighting a drug possession charge is to argue that the drugs were abandoned by someone else, or even planted by the police themselves.
When asked to elaborate, La Rue said, “This is a less common strategy as testimony provided by a police officer is typically given a lot of weight during a trial. Furthermore, it’s often difficult to find another officer who is willing to admit that drugs were indeed planted, or find video evidence that appears to support that accusation,” he said.
“However, if a criminal defense attorney has enough reason to believe that he can prove drugs were planted, he can file a motion to get the names and contact information of law enforcement officers for further investigation, and certainly can press the prosecution to supply all video “body camera” evidence in that pursuit,” he commented.
“Sometimes, it can even come down to how and when the evidence was collected, and whether there was the potential for an intervening person to have “found” the drugs out of camera’s view, or in other scenarios, who else may have had equal or even more access to the area where the narcotics were found,” La Rue added.
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