If you are convicted of a drug crime, you may face many harsh penalties and challenges, including years in prison, large fines that drain your family’s finances, a criminal record as a felon and strict probation or parole conditions upon your release. The drug lawyers at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP do everything in our power to help you avoid these harsh punishments.
When the stakes are at their highest, you can depend on the drug defense attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland to fight for your rights.
Call our law firm at 770-887-1209 today to schedule your free initial consultation with a criminal drug charges attorney.
If you’ve been arrested for drug dealing, possession, manufacture or trafficking in Cumming and surrounding areas in North Georgia, our drug defense attorneys provide aggressive representation to protect your rights.
When you face drug charges in a courtroom with a Banks, Stubbs & McFarland drug defense attorney, you can benefit from our more than 90 years of combined experience and recognized reputation for results.
Our criminal defense lawyers safeguard your interests from arrest to outcome, and investigates your charges for any sign of illegal search and seizure by police that may have violated your constitutional rights.
Criminal drug crime lawyers who work to reduce or dismiss the charges
Banks, Stubbs & McFarland drug charges lawyers negotiate with prosecutors to dismiss or reduce the charges against you. If your case goes to trial, we bring persuasive presentations to court to try and beat the charges against you. From start to finish of our work together, you receive prompt answers to your questions and concerns. Throughout the process, you will know that your rights are being protected.
No one ever wants to need an attorney and like so many I became someone who did. As a middle aged medical professional my background was perfect until 2012. Then I encountered 2 different arrests within 4 months of each other. A DUI and Felony theft drug charges.I was facing 8 years in prison just for the drug charges alone! Parker’s passion for this profession is why I hired him. This gentleman truly has your best interest at heart and will fight to the bitter end to protect it. The energy he displays to fight for you is worth his weight in gold. Never has a day gone by when he wasn’t available to guide me through a process, answer a question or just listen to my concerns. The outcome of my cases are such that I’m writing this from home and not prison !! I still have a wonderful life because of Parker’s efforts and wouldn’t hesitate for a second to give his number to anyone in need. -V.G.
Attorneys who fight for your rights against drug crime charges
You should speak with a good drug crimes lawyer immediately if you were arrested for possession, distribution, trafficking, sale and delivery, manufacture, cultivation or importation of:
- Party drugs (Ecstasy)
- Prescription drugs such as OxyContin or Hydrocodone
If you do have a criminal record from a prior conviction, we can attempt to have your record cleared of charges that could harm your employment and housing opportunities. Talk to our criminal lawyers about expungements for drug crime convictions.
Possible Drug Crime Defenses
Each year in Georgia thousands of people are arrested for drug-related crimes. In many of these cases, the arrest is made because a small amount of illegal drugs were discovered in an individual’s car or person. If you have been charged with possessing or selling illegal drugs, there may be defenses you could raise. To avoid possible conviction or plea for a reduced sentence you need a Gainesville drug crimes attorney that has understands the court system and drug crime defenses. Possible Drug Crime Defenses in Georgia include:
Was the Search Legal?
Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, we are protected from all unlawful search and seizures. This means that the authorities must obtain the evidence through a lawful search and seizure. If the drugs were found in your home, authorities need a warrant in most cases for the recovery of the drugs to be legal. If the illegal drugs were in your car, a police officer can argue that the drugs were in “plain view.” This allows the drugs to be seized without a warrant and used as evidence in court. In cases where there was clearly a violation of these principles, you could have the charges dropped.
Were the Drugs Yours?
Sometimes you’re truly in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, you lend a friend your car and they stash something under the seat and you had no idea. It is plausible that someone could have left drugs at your house. Maybe a friend gives you a bag for safe keeping and unknowingly it stores drugs. If you are arrested for drugs that are clearly not yours and you can prove that, then you might be able to have the charges dropped.
Misidentification and Crime Analysis Mistakes
Once in awhile, a drug charge is reversed because there were actually no drugs involved. There are substances that can resemble illegal drugs. For example, some non-drug white powders may have the appearance of cocaine. It is the state’s responsibility to test and prove the substance it claims is an illegal drug is in fact so. This is done through professional lab testing. If there is an error in the analysis or the substance turns out not to be an illegal drug you can assert these as viable defenses.
Entrapment occurs when the government (or government agency) causes an innocent person to commit a crime. If you’re going to assert this defense you bear the burden of proving (1) it was the government that induced you to act and commit the crime; and (2) that you did not have a predisposition to commit that crime. This is a common defense. Under the correct facts, it can be a successful argument or defense. Not every case will support an entrapment defense.
Contact a North Georgia Drug Crimes Attorney Today
Drug charges are serious and can have long-term consequences, including significant prison sentences and fines. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney that has defended drug crimes for those who are in the same situation.Call our law firm at 770-887-1209 today to schedule your free initial consultation at either our Cumming or Buford office.