Facing drug charges can change the course of your life. You have the right to fight back against these in court, so you need to look into your options as soon as you find out you are facing them. We know that this isn't an easy time in your life. We are here to help you evaluate the options so that you can make an informed decision.
One thing that you have to decide fairly quickly is how you will plead to the charge. Many defendants opt to plead not guilty. This sets the wheels of the criminal justice into motion, but it leaves you the option to present a defense. If you opt to plead guilty, you won't get to try to assert your innocence. Instead, your case will move to the sentencing phase since your guilty plea has the same impact as being convicted by a jury.
If you do opt to plead not guilty, you need to prepare for a criminal trial. Before this trial, you will likely have other court dates. There is also a chance that you will be able to enter into a plea deal for the charges. You should only do this if you are willing to admit to the crime because most plea deals require a guilty plea.
Some drug charges are felonies. When this is the case, you need to look beyond the immediate criminal sentencing. A conviction or guilty plea in a felony case means that you will live out the rest of your days as a felon. This comes with restrictions of all sorts, including being unable to work in some professions and being unable to participate in some youth sports as a volunteer or paid professional.
We know that all of this is hard to think about right now. Unfortunately, time is not unlimited in these cases. We can help you evaluate your case and the options you have so you can get your strategy mapped out.