Northern Michigan Drug Crime Attorney
Handling Cases in Traverse City & throughout the Surrounding Communities
If you are charged with a drug-related offense in Michigan, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away. The penalties for even simple possession range from a driver’s license suspension (regardless of whether you were driving) up to a year in jail. If you are charged with intent to distribute or manufacturing, the penalties are even more severe.
While the public may be softening somewhat in its attitudes toward drugs, prosecutors are still under pressure to prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law. Because they do not want to be seen as soft on crime, they will often push for maximum sentences for those charged with drug crimes. That is why you need the help of a qualified Northern Michigan drug crime lawyer before speaking to the police. Once you have been placed under arrest, law enforcement officials actively work to collect evidence against you. Therefore, it is in your best interest to say nothing until you have spoken to a lawyer.
Fighting to Protect the Rights of the Accused
Drug crimes in Michigan involve the use, sale, manufacture, or transportation of controlled substances. Because drug laws in Michigan are strict, people can be charged with drug possession even without knowing there were drugs in the house. An overzealous police officer may arrest everyone in a home that is manufacturing meth, for instance, whether the people in the home were involved in the production or not.
Police also will pressure a defendant to testify against their friends or other drug connections to get charges reduced or dropped. Again, no matter how nice the police may be or how tempting their offers may seem, you should always speak to a Northern Michigan drug crime lawyer before trying to make a deal with police. This way, you can be sure you are being treated fairly by the investigators instead of being manipulated or coerced into confessing.
Choose Ross Hickman Law Office
At my firm, I understand how difficult these charges can be. I understand that the criminally accused are scared of potential jail time, scared of a criminal record that can have lasting effects, and scared of other punishment, such as losing access to student loan money. I work to aggressively fight all charges against you, offering a vigorous defense that forces the prosecution to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. With over 35 years of criminal law experience, including time spent as a prosecutor, I know exactly how the prosecution intends to prove its case and will fight them tooth and nail.