Drug Offenses

Being charged of a drug crime is no general legal matter. Many jurisdictions have enhanced laws and penalties for drug use, drug trafficking, and drug dealing. While people may often find themselves in a bad situation because of a personal mistake, they can quickly be caught up in a far bigger case simply because a prosecutor’s office wants to make an example of a recent arrest. Defendants who would otherwise be charged with a misdemeanor can find themselves on the receiving end of multiple felonies, a shotgun approach to see which one sticks. This kind of legal reaction is common, especially when a jurisdiction or state is ramping up its efforts to deal with drug crimes and prevention. More cases produced with heavy charges tends to gather better marketing for local government, especially when new efforts are supported with federal grant monies. Unfortunately, it’s also at the expense of people over-charged for simple bad judgment.

To avoid this kind of life-changing mistake, smart and effective defense advocacy is critical. A good portion of a criminal cases occurs well before the first hearings happen in court. This is because there is quite a bit of potential discussion that can be had between a prosecutor and defense attorney ahead of time. And such discussions can often lead to significant reduction or elimination of charges that would otherwise put a person in jail for years on end. There are plenty of defense attorneys from all over the region, but the one who is familiar with the local court and law enforcement agencies of a given jurisdiction is oftentimes going to have an advantages due to ongoing relationships and networking, which works in the favor of the client.

For those who need a specially-trained Highlands County drug crimes lawyer, or alternatively a Hardee County drug crimes lawyer, The Law Firm of Elton J. Gissendanner, III should be strongly considered from criminal defense representation. Attorney Buddy Gissendanner has spent years handling drug crime defenses in criminal court, working with both the local court systems and prosecutors’ offices as well as local law enforcement agencies on a regular basis. This familiarity is key in providing the best defense possible since many issues and misinterpretations of a case can be addressed through contacts and conversations that lead to favorable plea bargaining versus outright hostile litigation in trial.