Drug trafficking, even in the smallest of amounts, can result in serious penalties. As the volume of drugs increases, so do the potential consequences. Depending on the circumstances, large fines and long prison sentences are not out of the question.
There is no perfect way to fight drug trafficking charges, as the approach you take depends largely on the circumstances of your case. However, here are some of the most commonly employed defenses:
- Duress: In other words, you took part in a drug trafficking scheme because your safety and well-being were threatened. An example would be another person threatening to harm you if you don’t take part in their scheme.
- Lack of knowledge: It’s possible that you could have been tricked into trafficking drugs. It’s no excuse for committing a serious crime, but it could help reduce the penalties in the event of a conviction.
- You don’t know anything about the drugs: Take for example a situation in which you’re riding with a friend or family member, and they’re pulled over for speeding. The officer finds a large amount of illegal drugs in the vehicle, thus leading to your arrest. You can take steps to prove that you had no prior knowledge of the drugs being in the vehicle.
You can’t make a decision for or against any of these drug trafficking defense strategies until you first understand the circumstances of your arrest and the details of your charges. Once you’re clear as to what you’re up against, you can then decide how you would like for you and your attorney to proceed.