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Defenses Against Drug Possession in Connecticut

 Posted on January 10,2024 in Drug Charges

CT defense lawyerThe consequences of a drug possession charge in Connecticut can be severe, including fines, probation, and even jail time. However, always remember that you have rights and options to defend yourself. There are several defenses that a skilled Stamford criminal defense attorney can raise to fight against drug possession charges.

At Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner, we understand the complexity of drug possession cases and are here to help you navigate through the legal process. 

The Importance of Defending Against Drug Possession Charges

Defending against drug possession charges is of utmost importance because if convicted, you can face severe penalties that can impact your life for years to come. A drug possession conviction can have long-lasting consequences, including difficulty finding employment, obtaining housing, or securing financial assistance for education. 

By mounting a strong defense, you have the opportunity to protect your future and potentially mitigate the charges or have them dismissed. The following are some ways a Fairfield County criminal defense lawyer might defend against your charges, depending on the circumstances of your case. 

Fourth Amendment Violations

One common defense against drug possession charges is challenging whether the officer’s search and seizure of drug evidence was lawful. The Fourth Amendment provides your right against unreasonable searches and seizures. If the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights by conducting an illegal search or seizure, any evidence obtained as a result may be suppressed. This means that the prosecution may not be able to use that evidence against you, significantly weakening their case.

Challenging Constructive Possession

Another defense strategy is challenging the concept of constructive possession. In drug possession cases, the prosecution must prove that you had knowledge, control, and intent to possess the drugs. However, if the drugs were found in an area that was accessible to multiple people, such as a shared vehicle or living space, it can be challenging to establish who had actual possession or control over the drugs. Our skilled attorney can argue that you did not have knowledge of the drugs' presence or did not exercise control over them, casting doubt on the prosecution's case.

Police and Forensic Lab Errors

Law enforcement and forensic labs are not infallible. Mistakes can happen during the collection, handling, and testing of evidence. Your attorney can investigate whether there were any errors or inconsistencies in the police investigation or the analysis of the alleged drugs. There might also be chain of custody issues, potentially compromising the prosecutor’s evidence. In some cases, these errors can be significant enough to cast doubt on the accuracy or integrity of the evidence, leading to a weakened case against you.

Consult with a Stamford, CT, Criminal Defense Attorney Now

Fighting drug possession charges requires the experience of a seasoned Fairfield County, CT, criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with drug possession in Stamford, contact Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner today. Take the first step towards safeguarding your future and securing the best possible outcome for your drug possession charges. Call the office at 203-348-5846 or reach out online to schedule your consultation and discuss how our skilled defense lawyer can assist you. 

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