As an experienced and well-respected criminal defense attorney who has represented her fair share of clients charged with possession of illegal narcotics, Jennifer B. Page is no stranger to the law as it relates to drug crimes.
If you think that being wrongly accused of using, carrying, or selling drugs is the kind of thing that only happens in movies or on TV, then you are wrong. The reality is that the legal system isnt perfect, and from time to time, it is possible for a person to either get charged with a drug crime that he didnt commit, or get charged in a manner that makes his case inadmissible in court.
You may be wondering how a person could be wrongly accused of drug possession. As a Rockville, Maryland criminal defense lawyer, part of my strategy is to examine the circumstances of every drug case I come across in order to determine whether or not my clients are being wrongfully accused. In my experience, most people who are wrongly accused of drug possession dont wind up in that situation as a result of not actually having had drugs on them. Rather, the majority of faulty charges tend to involve situations in which the accused parties were indeed carrying drugs, but the drugs were discovered in an unlawful fashion.
In order to discover that a person is carrying drugs, an officer needs to arrive at a search in the appropriate fashion. If a police officer pulls a person over for speeding and sees and smells marijuana smoke once the driver rolls down his window, then he has every right to search the vehicle for drugs. On the other hand, if an officer pulls someone over for speeding and cant see or smell any drugs, then he cant simply start searching for illegal substances just because he feels like it.
In fact, a police officer must prove that there was a reasonable suspicion of drugs in order for his search to be deemed legally valid in court. Therefore, when most people talk of situations where someone is being wrongfully accused of possessing illegal narcotics, they are usually referring to scenarios in which drugs were indeed present, but the search involved in discovering the illegal substances was unlawful.
If the officer does what is supposed to be done lawfully, and the prosecution does his job accordingly, then the individual charged with drug possession will almost always be found guilty. However, since this perfect chain of events doesnt always come into play, it is possible for a person to clearly have illegal narcotics in his possession but wind up getting away with it because somebody on the legal end of things didnt follow protocol. In fact, one of the reasons why I am so good at doing what I do is that I am a former prosecutor, and Im fully aware of the proper steps that need to be taken in order to make a drug charge stick.
If you ever happen to find yourself in the situation of being wrongfully accused or even rightfully accused of carrying or using illegal narcotics, then make sure to find yourself a good criminal defense lawyer who can fight on your behalf. Remember, theres no question that the possession of drugs is clearly against the law, but just because you violated the law doesnt give an officer the right to do so as well. An experienced criminal defense attorney especially one who is a former prosecutor can examine the circumstances of your narcotics case to determine whether or not the evidence against you is even justifiable in court.
While finding yourself faced with drug charges is never a good thing, if you are wrongly accused, then you can take comfort in the fact that the right criminal defense lawyer might be able to work some magic or the legal system to get you the justice you deserve.