Gillette Drug Crime Attorneys
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we offer skilled legal defenses against drug crime charges in Gillette and the surrounding areas of Wyoming. When seeking to make a drug arrest, law enforcement may not heed your rights when they search your car, home, or person for illegal substances and drug paraphernalia. Our Gillette criminal defense attorney can evaluate the circumstances that led to your arrest to determine if your rights were violated and proactively fight any drug charges you face.
- Possession of a controlled substance (including meth or cocaine)
- Possession with intent to distribute/sell
- Possession of illegal prescription drugs
- Marijuana cultivation
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug trafficking/smuggling
- Money laundering
- Juvenile drug crimes
- DUI with drugs
The penalties for a drug crime conviction vary based on the details of each case. A judge may take into account the amount of drugs involved, type of drugs, and type of offense that is involved in your case. However, the most common drug offense that you can be charged within Campbell County is possession, which can be charged as a wobbler. A wobbler means that the prosecution may choose to charge you with either a misdemeanor or felony. Almost all first-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor, but if you are a repeat offender or are arrested with a large number of drugs in your possession, then you may face felony charges.
If charged with misdemeanor possession, you could face:
- Up to one year in a county jail;
- A fine of up to $1,000; and/or
If charged with felony possession, you could face:
- Up to seven years in a state prison
- A fine of up to $15,000; and/or
It is important to note that possession charges involving minors under the age of 18 will be significantly different and many are eligible for Campbell County’s juvenile diversion program. This program is designed to help juvenile offenders avoid addiction and steer them away from criminal behavior. So long as this is your child’s first offense and he or she is willing to complete a program, then your child may be admitted into the program. During the program, your child must attend school, maintain a C average, submit to random drug and alcohol tests, possibly take substance abuse classes, and obey a curfew. In return, the court may dismiss all charges.
For adults, sadly, a misdemeanor or felony charge may follow them for the rest of their life. In addition, a charge of intent to sell, cultivation, manufacturing, or trafficking can lead to a significant amount of time in prison, expensive fines, probation, restitution, counseling, and a permanent criminal record that will affect your reputation far into the future. It is crucial that you retain the defense of a skilled criminal lawyer for your case as soon as possible.
Your defense strategy will depend on the specific charges against you, the severity of the crime, the amount of drugs involved, and if you committed any other crimes. However, there are several common defenses the trial attorneys at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. can use to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
There are many different defense strategies to fight drug crime charges. One of the most effective methods of defense is finding and exposing constitutional rights violations. For example, if you believe that your rights were not respected during the time of your arrest, we may be able to gather evidence to get the charges against you dismissed.
Law enforcement officials often carry out illegal search and seizure or gather evidence illegally, which should not be used against you. Our Gillette drug crime defense attorney can show if the evidence was obtained illegally and argue that it should not be included in any trial or proceedings.
Because most charges are based on possession, we can begin by working to break down the key elements in that charge so that you can avoid incarceration. Common arguments used to fight a possession charge include:
- You were not aware you had drugs on you or your property (home, car, work locker, etc.)
- You were aware you had drugs, but you did not know that they were illegal substances
- The drugs found on you were not illegal
- The officers performed an illegal search and seizure
- The officers did not read you your Miranda Rights or committed some other type of misconduct
- The officers committed entrapment
In addition, for a charge of intent to sell, your defense attorney can also argue that you did not have enough drugs to arguably sell or that you had no intent to sell them, meaning your charges may be reduced. What ever drug crime you have been charged with, it is vital that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible so that we can start building a defense strategy immediately.
How ever minor you think the charges against you are, you should always prepare for the worst-case scenario that you are fully convicted and charged under Wyoming law. This means that the court may force you to pay the maximum amount of fines, serve a full sentence, and go through rehabilitation, even if you are innocent. Drug charges can affect parts of your life outside of the courtroom, including your employment, your ability to find a house or apartment, your rights to vote and own a firearm, and the relationship with your family. It is not uncommon for courts to deny custody to individuals charged with a drug crime as they might see you as a danger to your children.
You may choose to work with a public defender, and while they are devoted to serving numerous individuals in our courts, they are often overworked. That means that the public defender assigned to you may not have enough time to prepare a strong defense. But, if you choose to work with Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our Gillette criminal defense attorneys can utilize all of their skills, knowledge, and resources to advocate on your behalf. We have experience defending clients against both misdemeanor and felony drug charges, meaning we can take on your case no matter how challenging it may seem.
Call our firm today at (307) 257-7800 to make an appointment for a free consultation with a Campbell County criminal defense lawyer.
- State of Wyoming v. C.H.—2017
Felony Possession and Felony Distribution Charge Dismissed
Past Results: Disclaimer
Initials of the Defendant may be changed to hide the identity of the individual whose case is described on the page. The case results are factually accurate. These case results were obtained by Mr. Titus throughout the course of his professional career, including past experience at a previous law firm. However, every case is different, and past results by no means guarantee future success.
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