Gillette Drug Trafficking Defense Attorneys
Drug trafficking involves sale, transportation, or import of controlled substances and illegal drugs. How drug crimes are charged can depend on the amount and the type of drug. If you are caught with less than three ounces of a controlled substance, you will likely be charged with possession. If you are found with more than three ounces, you will likely be facing trafficking charges. Criminal penalties are more severe for drug trafficking than they are for drug possession.
Drug trafficking is a felony offense in Wyoming. Penalties can vary, depending on the type and amount of drug in your possession and your criminal history. In many cases, defendants are charged with multiple offences arising from the same set of circumstances, which could mean significant jail time and fines upon conviction. Penalties for drug charges in Wyoming can range from a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for misdemeanor possession, to up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 for felony possession, to a 20-year prison sentence, plus fines of $25,000 for each charge for drug trafficking.
In recent years, law enforcement officers have had trafficking of both marijuana and methamphetamine on their radar. People who legally purchase marijuana in Colorado and bring it into Wyoming could be facing drug trafficking charges, depending on the amount. Other controlled substances police have on their radar include:
- New psychoactive substances (such as synthetic cannabinoids)
If illegal drugs were found in your possession, law enforcement will consider several factors in making an arrest and determining what the charges should be. These factors include:
- Whether you were actually in possession of the drugs
- The amount of controlled substance found in your possession
- Any attempt on your part to sell drugs
- Whether you have substantial amounts of cash
- Presence or absence of drug sales paraphernalia, such as scales and small baggies
Defense strategies employed by our Gillette drug trafficking attorneys will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. One of the most common defenses against drug-related charges is exposing police violations of a defendant’s constitutional rights. For example, a traffic stop and search for drug possession or trafficking is only legal if you consent to the search, the police had a warrant, or the police had probable cause to believe you committed a crime. Evidence that was illegally obtained can be excluded from your trial.
In addition, police officers are only allowed to arrest you if they saw you commit a crime, or if they have probable cause to believe that you have committed or are about to commit a crime. You should be read your Miranda rights if you are arrested. Regardless of whether your rights are read, it is important to invoke your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we provide skilled legal defense against drug crime charges. Our experienced trial attorneys are very involved with our clients, always available, and down to earth. Our history of success in the courtroom speaks for itself. If you are facing charges of drug trafficking in Wyoming, call us at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a free case strategy session with an experienced Gillette criminal defense lawyer. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to proactively fight drug charges.
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