Idaho is cracking down on drug trafficking. What is trafficking? It is the allegation that you sold drugs, or intended to sell drugs. This is a serious charge, depending on the substance and the amount.
Personal use of drugs is another matter. Charges there may be a mere misdemeanor, or if charged as a felony, may be reduced to a misdemeanor under the right circumstances. Marijuana, crack, cocaine and methamphetamine are currently popular drugs, and they are considered insidious and harmful to the public by law enforcement. Therefore, trafficking charges can result in years in a penitentiary. Minimum sentences are mandatory in many cases.
Prosecutors believe that the greater the quantity of drugs involved, the more people are potentially affected negatively. They also believe the more money involved, the greater the potential for violence. Police and prosecutors will not take drug trafficking cases lightly.
Attorney Michael Jacques is a former prosecutor, and has had great success in having charges reduced or dismissed. If the amount and circumstances can be characterized as indicating mere use, not trafficking, the charges and potential penalties may be significantly less harsh.
Remember, the case against you must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The state must have evidence against you, and this is an area of attack for your attorney. The law and your lawyer are there to protect your rights resolutely. You have the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant. Evidence obtained in violation of your rights cannot be used against you.
Finally, you have the right to be treated fairly, and Mr. Jacques will fight procedures, maneuvers, and any deception used to prosecute and convict you. You are entitled to a vigorous defense. Contact a Caldwell/Boise criminal lawyer online or at 208.344.2224. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss your legal situation.