Utah Drug Possession Defense Lawyers
A drug arrest can be a very serious event in your life, especially if you are a college student or just starting out in life. A conviction can cause you to lose eligibility for student loans. It can also be a roadblock for certain careers and cause you to lose your right to vote or to own or carry a firearm.
If you or your child has been arrested for possession of marijuana, cocaine, meth or other controlled substances, our goal at the Law Office of Bailey & Hutchings in Logan, Utah, is to minimize the potential consequences you face. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
An Enhanceable Offense in Utah
Possession of a small quantity of marijuana is a class B misdemeanor in Utah. However, if you commit the same offense in a specific number of years, it becomes a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in prison. A third marijuana offense is charged as a felony.
If you are arrested with a large amount of drugs in your possession, you could be charged with possession with intent to distribute. Possession with intent to distribute, depending on the quantity, can be charged as a class A misdemeanor or a felony in Utah.
Defenses in Drug Cases
Drug evidence is often discovered during traffic stops. However, your rights under the Fourth Amendment protect you from reasonable searches and seizures. If the police violated your rights, our lawyers can file a motion to suppress the evidence. Even if police stopped you for a valid reason, they may not have enough evidence to prove the drugs in the vehicle were yours.
If this is your first arrest for drug possession, lawyers can seek a plea of abeyance. In this scenario, you can expect to serve at least a couple of days in jail, which the judge will usually allow you to do on the weekend. Once you complete the terms of your probation, which may include participation in a drug counseling program, the charges will be dismissed.
Free Attorney Consultation
To discuss your case with our Logan drug crime defense attorneys, call 435-774-1759 or fill out the contact form on this website.