The Court Process
Drug related charges generally begin when a police officer arrests you. An officer can make an arrest if he or she observes you committing a crime, if he or she has probable cause that you committed a crime, or if he or she had a warrant for your arrest. If a police officer arrests you for a reason other than the three reasons listed above, be sure to inform your lawyer, as your arrest might not be valid.
Once arrested, you will be booked and placed in custody until your bail hearing takes place.
In many drug crime cases, a defendant will get a bail hearing in which a judge will determine if bail should be set in the case, and if so, how much it should be. A judge will take into consideration your criminal history, your prior record of showing up for court when asked, if you are a danger to society, and the severity of the crime you are being charged with. In most cases, bail will be granted to you. We can help make sure that this happens. If you are granted bail, you will have to post a bond before you may be released from jail. You can pay this bond yourself, or have a cosigner pay for you. Just make sure that you show up to your court dates, and the bond will be returned to you or your cosigner.
Before your trial takes place, your attorney will have the opportunity to meet with the prosecution to discuss your case. During the pre-trail negotiation, we will try to have your case dismissed by presenting evidence of your innocence to the prosecution. If the prosecution refuses to dismiss the case, the next thing that we will try to get for you is a plea bargain. If a plea bargain is possible, your case will not have to go to trial.
A plea bargain means that you will admit guilt to receive a lower sentence. A plea bargain is essentially a compromise between the defense and the prosecution. We can advise you on the pros and cons of taking a plea bargain that is offered to you to help you make the best decision for yourself. In general, a pro of taking a plea bargain is avoiding trial, while a con is that it means you will have a criminal record.
The Connecticut court offers diversionary plans for defendants charged with drug related crimes. These programs use a combination of community and social services supervised by the court to help you address any underlying issues that led to your arrest. For example, you may be accepted into a diversionary program and go to rehab or attend drug education classes instead of dealing with a trial. In addition, you may be asked to complete community service and stay on probation for a period of time.
If none of these pre-trial options are available to you, or if you are not interested in taking advantage of these opportunities, we will prepare to take your case to trial. We will do this by establishing a defense in your case. This defense may revolve around faulty evidence, such as faulty drug tests, inaccurate testimony, or the testimony of expert witnesses. Expert witnesses are experts in certain fields who can help attest to your innocence. In drug cases, expert witnesses tend to be doctors, lab technicians, and similar professionals.
Ultimately, a judge or jury will determine your guilt or innocence. If you are found guilty, we will work with the judge and the prosecution to determine an appropriate punishment for you. At this point, we may petition for you to go through rehabilitation or to be placed on probation as opposed to facing jail time.
At Bansley Anthony, we do everything in our power to protect our clients. We work with the prosecution on negotiations and try to avoid taking our case to trial. However, if trial is inevitable, we are prepared. We have excellent trial lawyers and our team can defend you and your rights. If you would like to discuss your case with a Bansley Anthony lawyer, contact us for a free consultation. Put your mind at ease by having a professional handle your case for you!