People often think or “hard drugs” when they hear the phrase “drug offense.” This phrase may bring substances such as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine to mind. The fact of the matter, however, is that Kentucky criminalizes many other substances. Possession of such substances can result in misdemeanor charges. If convicted a defendant may face time in jail, a permanent criminal record, difficulty in obtaining employment, and disqualification from many professional licenses. If you or a family member have been charged with possession of a Schedule II, III or a Schedule IV drug then it is important that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Will Corrigan is a Louisville attorney working to protect the rights of the accused. We take pride in the level of service which we provide. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Lawyer assisting Louisville defendants charged with possessing Xanax, Adderall, Ketamine, and other substances
Possessing drugs such as heroin or methamphetamine can result in serious felony charges. It is important to understand, however, that consequences also attach to the possession of Schedule III or IV narcotics. Such substances can include Xanax, Adderall, Ketamine, etc. Possessing small amounts of such substances typically results in Class “A” misdemeanor charges. A conviction will carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $500. If the defendant intended to distribute the narcotics then they will likely find themselves charged with drug trafficking.
Misdemeanor cases are handled in District Court. The case will begin with an arraignment at which the defendant will enter a plea of “not guilty.” A pretrial date will be set. During this time the defense attorney will obtain any arrest reports, witness statements, and other evidence from the prosecution. Counsel will also conduct any necessary investigation. If the evidence shows that the narcotics were found through law enforcement’s violation of one’s rights then counsel may file a Motion to exclude any unlawfully obtained evidence. He is often able to negotiate for reduced charges, Diversion, or a dismissal if certain treatment related conditions are met.If this Motion is successful then it may result in a dismissal of the case. If the case is not dismissed and the case is not otherwise favorably resolved then the matter will proceed to trial. The Jury will decide the issue of guilt or innocence and the Judge will decide between probation or incarceration. It is important that you retain counsel familiar with constitutional law and trial procedures in order to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer assisting those charged with possessing a Schedule II, III or IV narcotic. Will uses an initial consultation to determine if your rights were violated and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. If he believes that the police violated the Fourth Amendment then he will file any necessary Motions with the Court. 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 the Court does not grant a dismissal then our firm will make every effort to gain the best possible resolution on your behalf. We will prepare your case for trial and will work to make the state prove any allegations that you knowingly and intentionally possessed narcotics. We understand the impact that this case can have on your life. Contact us today.
Attorney personally handling Louisville drug cases
Drug charges, of any level, must be taken seriously. Will understands this. He handles all matters in our office personally. This means that you will be dealing with your attorney and not an associate. He also makes client communication a priority. This includes promptly returning phone calls, quickly responding to messages, and making himself available to answer your questions. You have enough to worry about at a time like this. Being able to contact your lawyer should not be another cause for concern. It is our privilege to represent members of the Louisville community and we work hard to earn that privilege.