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Been Arrested On Drug Charges? 4 Reasons To Hire A Drug Possession Attorney Immediately

If you've been arrested and charged with drug possession, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You might think that you can wait until your first appearance — or beyond — to hire an attorney. But, that's simply not the case. The state started constructing its case against you as soon as you were arrested. In fact, if you were arrested on a warrant, the state might have started on your case long before you were in police custody. Because of that, it has a head start, which means you need to play catch-up. That's where a criminal defense attorney comes into the picture. Here are four of the reasons why you need an attorney when you're facing drug possession charges. 

You're Facing Search Warrants

If the state plans to issue search warrants for your home or place of employment, you need to hire an attorney immediately. Your attorney can make sure that the information contained in the warrants is accurate and that the searches are carried out lawfully. If the information isn't accurate, or the warrants aren't carried out lawfully, your attorney can work to get any evidence obtained from the searches thrown out of court. 

Your Property May be Seized

If you've learned that your property may be seized due to your drug possession arrest, it's time to hire an attorney. This is especially important if you share that property with your spouse. If your spouse wasn't party to the arrest, they have the right to be protected against illegal seizure of their property. An attorney can work to make sure that your spouse is protected against the seizure of their property. 

Your Conversations Were Recorded

If you were arrested as part of a sting operation, and you believe that your conversations were recorded, you need to have a criminal defense attorney on your side. This is especially true if wiretaps were used to obtain evidence against you. In order for wiretaps to be used, a warrant must be obtained first. If a warrant wasn't obtained, or the information on the warrant wasn't accurate, your attorney can work to have the wiretap excluded. 

You Believe Your Arrest Was Illegal

If you believe that you were arrested unlawfully, or that your rights were violated during the arrest, speak to a drug possession attorney as soon as possible. There are specific rules that police officers must follow during an arrest. One of those rules involves the reading of your rights. If you weren't read your rights when you were arrested, you need to talk to an attorney right away. 

Reach out to a local drug possession lawyer to learn more.