Do You Need an Arkansas Drug Arrest & Criminal Defense Attorney?
Have you been arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine or another controlled substance in Northwest Arkansas? Do you expect you may face additional charges for cultivation, trafficking, distribution or possession of drugs with intent?
A drug arrest is a serious legal event that can affect your life, career, finances and relationships. And a conviction can carry fines and incarceration up to a life sentence. Drug offenses in Arkansas are met with increased penalties when the subject is a repeat offender or the drug crimes took place near certain facilities like schools, day-cares and city parks.
Drug crimes may include, but are not limited to:
- possession of a controlled substance
- possession of drug paraphernalia (anything used in the production, trafficking or sale of a controlled substance)
- cultivation or production of a controlled substance intended for illegal use
- possession of nitrous oxide for the purpose of intoxication
If you have been or may be arrested for production, possession or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, an experienced Arkansas drug arrest attorney can help you understand your rights and determine your best legal options.
Criminal defense attorney Ben T. Roberds has extensive experience defending against a wide variety of controlled substance charges, including cases involving federal and state narcotics officers, such as the DEA and local task forces.
You May Have a Defense
Under Arkansas law regarding drug crimes, possession of marijuana, cocaine and other controlled substances is illegal. But, an arrest isn’t the same as a conviction, and you may have a defense against the charges you are facing. Drug arrests involve a variety of potential constitutional and technical issues that can lead to your case being dismissed.
Did the officers have a right to stop you and search your person or property? Did police read you your rights before collecting testimony? Do the drugs belong to someone else or were you unaware they were even in your car or home? Once you have been arrested, the evidence must be sent to a crime lab to be tested and verified as a controlled substance. In addition to technical issues that might arise during testing and processing of drug and DNA evidence, seized evidence may be transferred several times before trial. And, if the prosecution cannot present the actual drugs you are charged with possessing, the case may be dismissed.
An experienced drug arrest attorney can help you understand the charges you are facing and find the best legal defense.
Possible Alternatives to Incarceration
If you are found guilty of possession of a controlled substance, you may still be able to avoid incarceration. A Benton County defense attorney may in some cases be able to negotiate for probation or entry into the Benton County Drug Court program in place of incarceration.
Bentonville Drug Arrest Attorney Ben T. Roberds & The Roberds Law Firm
If you have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance, or if you believe there is a warrant for your arrest on drug charges, you may have a defense. Call criminal defense and trial lawyer Ben T. Roberds and the Roberds Law Firm today at (479) 464-0904 to discuss your legal options with a complimentary and confidential consultation.
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