People who are convicted of drug possession, manufacturing, distribution or some other violation of New Hampshire law can face severe penalties, including substantial prison time, hefty fines and the possibility of a damaging criminal record that could follow them for the rest of their lives. Many people who are arrested for a New Hampshire drug crime do not know their rights and needlessly accept convictions when they might have easily overcome the charges with the help of a good lawyer.
Know your rights in drug crime cases
In many cases, police may knowingly or unknowingly violate a suspect’s rights by conducting an illegal search. In others, the evidence is circumstantial and does not support the charges that have been filed. For example, just someone is in possession of the materials needed to make methamphetamine; it doesn’t mean that he or she is in the drug manufacturing business.
The government has a responsibility to conduct fair and lawful investigations in their pursuit of convictions in drug possession and manufacturing cases. Law enforcement officials, prosecutors and anyone else involved in the case must conduct themselves in a way that recognizes and preserves suspects’ rights at all times. Any failure in that responsibility can create grounds to have illegally obtained evidence thrown out and charges reduced or even dismissed.
Take action to protect your own rights
If the police contact you and “want to ask a few questions” in connection with the investigation of a drug crime that has taken place, the assumption that you are at least a person of interest in the case would not be unfounded. No matter what type of drug charge is involved, choosing the right attorney can help to ensure that your interests are protected.