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Drug Charges and You: 3 Things You Need to Know

Facing drug charges can be a very difficult experience. If you've been accused of a crime, you might be feeling overwhelmed or confused by the charges presented against you. No matter what type of drug offense you're facing, there are several things you need to know.

No one wakes up expecting to face drug charges. Unfortunately, for many Americans, that's exactly what happens. Whether you were intentionally selling, buying, or transporting drugs, or you were simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, facing this type of offense can be a devastating experience. Each year, there are approximately 1.6 million arrests for drug-related offenses. This can include trafficking, selling, or buying drugs. It's important to understand that whether or not you have a prior conviction or arrest on your record, you may face jail time or fines. Here's what you need to know.

1. The type of drug matters

When you're facing drug charges, understand that if you were caught with different types of drugs, you may face different penalties. The specific penalties you'll face will vary based on the type of drug you have, the quantity you have, and whether you intended to sell or distribute the substance. In addition to illegal substances, such as marijuana and heroine, it's important to note that even having prescription drugs can land you a drug charge if you do not have a valid prescription. Additionally, if you have physical drug paraphernalia on your person or at your home, you may face charges for that. This can include jail time, as well as a fine.

2. You might face federal charges

While drug charges may be handled locally, keep in mind that since drug possession is a federal offense, it may be federally prosecuted at any time. If the person who arrested you is a federal agent or if you committed a drug-related crime on federal property, for example, you may face federal prosecution. This is an important distinction. Federal charges for drugs are different than state charges. They are typically much harsher and longer-lasting than local charges.

3. Your attorney can help

No matter what type of drug charge you're facing, it's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Make sure you provide your attorney with honest, factual information. Your attorney wants to help you succeed, but you need to be straightforward with them. They can't help you if they don't know all of the facts. Understand that your attorney may use different defense tactics to try to get your sentence reduced or dropped. Providing them with specific information, especially about the details of your arrest, will be helpful. If the arresting officers obtained information illegally that led to your arrest, for example, it may be possible to have your charges dropped.

When you're facing drug charges, reach out to a criminal defense attorney today who can assist you in moving forward. You deserve accurate representation in order to have the best possible outcome from your case.

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  • Operating While Intoxicated Charges Dismissed

    Linn County OWCR133760. Attorney Eric Tindal's client was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal had all charges dismissed following a successful suppression hearing regarding the grounds for the stop.

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Methamphetamine Charges Dismissed

    Washington Count FECR5351. Attorney Tindal and Attorney Clemens Erdahl successfully argued that evidence of drug manufacture was obtained in violation of the Constitution. All charges were dismissed.

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges Dismissed

    Iowa County FECR010358. Attorney Tindal was able to show the Court that his client was detained in violation of his Constitutional rights and that the K9 utilized in the search was unreliable. Following hearing all charges were dismissed.

  • Second Degree Sexual Abuse and Other Charges Acquittal at Trial

    Johnson County FECR089277. The Defendant was charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse and other charges. Following a one-week trial by Mr. Tindal, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

  • Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree Conviction Reversed on Appeal

    Iowa Supreme Court No. 04-361. The Defendant was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. On appeal, Mr. Tindal successfully argued that the conviction was based on improperly admitted evidence. The conviction was reversed.

  • Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft Charge Dismissed

    Scott County FECR384046. The Defendant was charged with Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft. The Court dismissed the felony following a Motion litigated by Mr. Tindal. The Defendant subsequently pled to the remaining misdemeanor.

  • Vehicular Homicide Charges Reduced

    Johnson County FECR68296. The Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide. Following a suppression hearing, Mr. Tindal and his co-counsel were able to show that the blood test result was taken in violation of implied consent procedures. The case was subsequently resolved for a misdemeanor.

  • First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death Acquitted of First Degree Murder at Trial

    Henry County FECR005634. Attorney Tindal’s client was charged with First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death. Following a two week trial, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

  • Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication

    Johnson County OWCR116811. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal was able to win the Iowa Dept of Transportation appeal and have the blood test result thrown out. The case was resolved for a public intoxication charge and no loss of license.

  • Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense Reduced to Public Intoxication

    Washington County OWIN010946. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense. Following long negotiations with the State the Defendant was able to plead to a Public Intoxication and have his driving privileges reinstated.

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