Common Mistakes to Avoid During and After a Drug-related Arrest

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Usually, when the police take hold of them because of some drug-related offense, people make some common mistakes during and after the arrest. These mistakes are usually made because the police tend to offer a false sense of security in the offender by telling them it is much better to co-operate regarding any questions. Also, these people tend to have less understanding of the law and do not know exactly what their rights are and what they can and cannot do when being arrested and, also, how will their conduct influence later trials.

Drug-related Arrest

Here are the two most common mistakes.

Grant consent to a search

It may happen that the police might come on strong towards a drug offender and, without technically forcing him, make him or her allow them to search his or her pockets, vehicle, house or any other place that he or she is staying at. This is usually so because people are misinformed, think that the police have the right to do it and they dare not to question the authority (out of fear, or whatever else) once they are in such a situation.

If the police are trying to search you for any illegal possessions without a warrant, then you should just not consent to it. This will later allow the lawyer who represents you to challenge the lawfulness of the search, thus making any ‘evidence’ against you invalid in court. This can help you be relieved of your charges.

Admitting possession

This is the other most common mistake that people make, when confronted by the police. Should the policemen have searched you (with or without your consent), the biggest mistake that you can make is to admit to having known that those illegal things were in your possession or to admit that they are yours. You might be pressed by the police into admission, or you might be told that you will be better off if you co-operate, but the truth is that it probably won’t be like that.

If the police have found something illegal in your possession, the best thing would be to just keep quiet, without really saying anything, just like with the first mistake. Keeping your mouth shut and refusing to speak without an attorney is probably the best thing that you can do. If you admit to having those things in your possession, it will be impossible for the attorney to challenge that notion in court. On the other hand, if you admit nothing, the lawyer will have much better chances of granting you freedom in the end.

So, to conclude, even though the police might tell you that you should be co-operative and tell them everything, you have the right to keep quiet and refuse to speak without your attorney. Doing so will get you much better chances of walking away free. Even though facing the police with incriminating possessions might be difficult and frightening, you should know where you stand at all times and know what your rights are. By doing so, you will not be tricked into submission by the police.