Courts are sometimes understanding of those who simply possess narcotics as possession may be a symptom of addiction. Kentucky’s legal system, however, has little to no tolerance for those who are accused of trafficking drugs. Prosecutors will aggressively pursue charges and Judges often show little patience for those who have been convicted of trafficking. Penalties for such an offense can include prison time, fines, a permanent criminal history, and more. If you have been arrested for trafficking then it is important that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer protecting the rights of those who have been charged with drug trafficking. Will understands the serious nature of such charges and our office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville attorney assisting those charged with drug trafficking by the state of Kentucky or the federal government
Kentucky divides controlled substances into five different “schedules.” The more “dangerous” a substance, as determined by the federal and state government, higher the schedule is to which it will be assigned. “Trafficking” of a controlled substance occurs when one manufactures, sells, gives away, or possesses a controlled substance with the intention of distributing it. Trafficking large amounts of a Schedule I or II narcotic will result in Class C felony charges for a first offense and will carry a potential sentence of 5-10 years in prison. Trafficking smaller amounts of Schedule I, II and some Schedule III drugs will result in Class D felony charges for a first offense. A firearm found in the search and seizure will result in enhanced charges and penalties. A defendant may face one to five years in prison if they are convicted. Our state also enhances charges and penalties if one commits the crime near a school or if they are a repeat offender. Depending on the amount of drugs and the facts of the case, the accused may face federal criminal charges.
Felony cases will begin with arraignment and a probable cause hearing in District Court. If the Judge finds probable cause then the case will proceed to the Grand Jury for the issuance of an indictment. Sometimes the prosecutor will skip District Court and take the case immediately to the Grand Jury for an indictment. The case will then proceed in Circuit Court where discovery and pretrial motions are conducted. If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. Sometimes Will is able to negotiate for a Diversion deal, reduced charges, or a dismissal. Drug trafficking charges often hinge on issues relating to whether law enforcement found the narcotics by violating the defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. If it is found that the police did not have “reasonable suspicion” which justified stopping you, or that they exceeded their authority when conducting a search, then it may be possible to gain a dismissal. If a dismissal is not possible, and a favorable resolution cannot be reached, then it will be necessary for the case to proceed to trial. It will be the prosecution’s burden to prove that the accused knowingly possessed the drugs. The jurors will decide the issue of guilt or innocence and the Judge will decide between probation or incarceration. These types of charges often involve complex legal issues and it is important to retain a lawyer experienced in such matters.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville attorney handling drug trafficking cases. Will has been licensed in Kentucky since 2009 and is also able to handle matters in federal court. Once retained, our firm will quickly acquire the arrest reports and any other evidence which the prosecution is required to provide. We will conduct an investigation and interview all relevant witnesses. If Will believes that your right against an unreasonable search or seizure was violated then he will file a Motion to Suppress with the Court. He will aggressively examine the arresting officers at an evidentiary hearing and argue that illegally obtained evidence should be excluded from Court. If a trial is necessary, our office will make sure that you are prepared to proceed and that you know what to expect as the case moves forward. Will understands that this is a crucial time in your life and our office gives such cases the attention they deserve.
Lawyer who emphasizes client communication in Louisville drug trafficking cases
We understand that one of the most common complaints against attorneys is the failure to communicate with clients. Will strives to be different in this regard. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, he promptly returns phone calls, and he makes himself available to address any concerns you may have. It is our privilege to serve the Louisville community and we take this obligation very seriously. Call our lawyer today.