There’s something about the holidays that just makes people a little crazy. They drink more. And some try illegal drugs or do more of them. For the record, we don’t recommend giving illegal drugs as Christmas gifts. So, if you or a loved one was caught possessing, trafficking, manufacturing, or selling illegal drugs during the holidays, you’re going to need some legal help.
Based on the drugs involved, the nature of the crime, and the accused’s criminal record, the charges may include exorbitant fines and jail time. In this blog, we’ll offer a closer look at three things you should know about holiday drug busts.
1. You Can Never Guarantee Protection
Look, the best way not to get arrested for a drug crime is not to ingest, purchase, manufacture, or sell them. However, if you take the risk, you will likely find yourself in legal trouble that could affect your future, your job, and your social life. Many parents refuse to intervene because they believe their children use safe drugs in moderation. Ultimately, one cannot accurately determine the extent of a child’s use or the type of drugs being used.
No matter how careful someone may be, they can easily fall victim to a drug bust if the police are tipped off or there’s natural suspicion. It happens all of the time—for example, in Oklahoma last year—and it can easily happen anywhere and at any time in Texas during the holiday season. Be aware, be careful, and err on the side of caution. In other words, don’t do drugs.
2. You Could Get in Trouble Even if the Drugs Aren’t Yours
Beware of the company you keep, because if you’re caught in a drug bust, you will be considered part of the group. Even if you weren’t involved in the activity or didn’t own the drugs, you can be arrested by association. In fact, you can also end up being found guilty even if you’re innocent.
3. Consult a Lawyer if You Are Arrested
Getting busted for a drug crime can leave you in a lot of trouble. The first thing you need to do is post bail, then call a lawyer as soon as you can. They’ll help you understand your charges, build a strong case, and offer the representation you need to protect your rights.
If you were arrested in a holiday drug bust, start fighting your charges now. Attorney JL Carpenter should be your first call.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, she handles complex drug cases. Whether you were charged with drug possession, drug manufacturing, or drug transportation, JL will build a strong case for you.