Public officials have long made it a mission to combat drug abuse, even declaring a "war on drugs." For this reason, they have put laws into place that inflict harsh penalties on those who are found guilty of illegally possessing, selling and manufacturing controlled substances and other dangerous substances. There have even been ramped up efforts across the nation to crack down on illicit use of prescription drugs, which has been identified as rapidly drug problem in the U.S. In the midst of this war on drugs, innocent individuals sometimes get caught in the crossfire. There are cases in which overly eager law enforcement officers arrest the wrong person. In other cases, overly harsh penalties are inflicted on individuals who really just need rehabilitation. Drug crimes can result in very serious penalties, such as probation, jail time and even prison time.
At the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates, we know that drug cases are not always as cut and dry as they appear to be. Attorney Nic Cocis, who has a 10.0 Superb rating, fights aggressively to protect the rights of his clients and to help them get their side of the story presented as effectively as possible. The lawyer has been practicing law for more than a decade and is highly knowledgeable of the various drugs laws in the state of California. If you are looking for a competent Hemet drug crime lawyer to represent you in your drug case, you need look no further than the Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates! In addition to Hemet, our criminal defense law firm also serves individuals in many other parts of Riverside County.
Defense Against Drug Charges
There are various factors that need to be considered when building a defense plan for a drug case. Our law firm can thoroughly analyze the evidence in your case, the drug laws governing your criminal matter and the manner in which the arrest was carried out. If we find any errors or inconsistencies, we can use this to help you challenge your charges.
- Here are some of the defenses that are commonly used in drug cases:
- The defendant did not actually have control over the drugs.
- Multiple people had access to the place where the drugs were found.
- The defendant has a prescription for the drugs that he or she possessed.
- The defendant did not know that the drugs were in his or her possession.
- The defendant possessed the drugs, but only for personal use (defense against possession with intent to sell or distribute).
- Officers obtained the drugs through illegal means (such as through illegal search and seizure).
After an arrest, it is important that you get started immediately in establishing your defense strategy. The longer you wait to obtain legal counsel, the more you are placing yourself at risk of conviction. Our legal team can help you fight for a positive outcome to your case, whether that is through dismissed charges, a "not guilty" verdict or rehabilitation in place of incarceration.
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