Television glamorizes drug dealing and makes the life of a dealer seem exciting. Rap music glamorizes selling heroin or pot and elevates the dealer to some kind of folk hero. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is a tough life and almost always results in either death or a long prison sentence. Even the most experienced dealer eventually gets busted. If he is lucky, and it is a State charge he may get a break and do short time.
If he is charged in Federal Court with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin or other opiates he can do serious federal time.
Over the years,as a criminal defense lawyer, I have defended hundreds, if not thousands of drug charges in both Federal and State court.
Eventually, “watcha gonna do when they come for you”? Having a good lawyer helps, but that takes money. Many times, when the bust comes down, a person’s money is seized. Cars may be the subject of forfeitures and often everything a person has is tied up in a seizure. It is then that the person finds out who his or her true friends are. If a dealer has money owed to him, and finds himself in jail pending a trial, fat chance of anyone who owes him paying the debt. Usually relatives and loved ones come forward to hire a lawyer and provide a defense. A good lawyer can make a huge difference. If the person is totally broke or everything has been taken by the cops, they have no choice other than to use the public defender. Public defenders handle hundreds of cases at one time and you for sure don’t want to get lost in the shuffle.
Private defense attorneys generally don’t have the enormous case load and a good experienced criminal defense lawyer many times will get a better result.
If a loved one is sitting in jail and you are looking for the best lawyer for the money, do your homework.
Talk to more than one lawyer before you make a decision.
Don’t hire a lawyer that tells you what you want to hear, just to get hired. You need to look at experience.
You need to look for court room performance and demeanor.
You want an experienced professional that has done it year after year.
Many defense lawyers claim to be experienced as a result of being former prosecutors. They claim to have tried cases for years. There is a world of difference between defending cases and prosecuting cases. What you need to look for is experience in actually defending tough felony cases, not tickets or misdemeanors. When your life is on the line and your future at stake, you need the best lawyer money can buy. Many defendants “shop for lawyers” and look for the cheapest price. You generally get what you pay for in life and as I say, would you want to jump out of a plane with the cheapest parachute you could buy? Hiring a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based on advertising.
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