How to Fight Felony Drug Charges

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Fairfax, Leesburg & Manassas, Virginia

Posted: January 26, 2021
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If you are facing drug charges, you’re probably wondering how you can fight them. For over 30 years, The Gordon Law Firm has represented over 1,000 people charged with drug offenses, fighting tirelessly for our clients’ rights. We know what types of defenses work for different situations and can apply that knowledge to your case.

The best way to fight felony drug charges depends on a few things, including:

  • Which charges are still pending
  • The specific facts of your case
  • The constitutional protections in place

Just because you are arrested for a felony drug charge doesn’t mean you are guilty. In fact, since law enforcement has the burden of proof, they must prove that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Some of the most viable defenses for felony drug charges include the following:

  • Unlawful Search and Seizure: The 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable government searches and seizures. Law enforcement may not search or seize your property unless they have probable cause to believe a crime is or was being committed.
  • Violation of Miranda Rights: If you’re arrested and are coerced into making a statement before the officer reads your right to remain silent, that statement should not be used against you in court.
  • Entrapment: If an officer or an informant pressures you to commit a crime that you otherwise would not have committed, you should not be held responsible for those actions.
  • Mistakes in Crime Lab Analysis: To prove that an illegal drug has been found, law enforcement must send a sample of the substance to a lab for analysis. However, not all lab tests are 100% accurate due errors or unreliable results.
  • Lack of Knowledge or Intent: Law enforcement must prove that you knew you were in possession of drugs or intentionally sold them.

Don’t try to face felony drug charges without an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. Call The Gordon Law Firm today at 703-218-8416 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, and Prince William County as well as the cities of Fairfax and Alexandria, and all of Virginia.