Drug Crime Lawyers In Arkansas Provide Aggressive Representation
Fighting for the dismissal or reduction of your drug charges
Drug charges are one of the leading causes for arrest in Benton and other areas of Arkansas. A drug conviction can be devastating to you and your family. A tainted record can make it difficult for you to find employment, buy a home or go to school. At Huffman Butler, PLLC we know how to fight against drug-related crimes. Whether it is negotiating with prosecutors or defending your rights at trial, we work tirelessly on your behalf.
Handling a variety of drug crimes
The prosecution can charge you with a variety of offenses, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony can make a big difference in how your case is handled. Possible charges include:
Arkansas drug possession laws
Drug possession is the most common drug crime. There are three elements required to prove a possession charge under Arkansas criminal law:
- The defendant possessed a certain substance
- The substance was a designated “controlled substance,” as defined under Arkansas law
- The defendant had knowledge of the presence of the substance
To “possess” means to have personal charge of or to exercise the right of ownership, management or control over the thing possessed. This means that the police don’t have to find the drugs on your person, such as in your pocket, in order to prove possession. Through the doctrine of “construction possession,” prosecutors can also pursue a possession charge if drugs are found in your glove compartment or school locker.
Potential drug penalties
Drug crimes can result in a wide variety of penalties, from less than one year in jail to life in prison. For example, possession of a small amount of marijuana (less than 4 ounces) is a class A misdemeanor, which only carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, if you are arrested with more than 1 ounce of marijuana and have two prior possession convictions, you face up to six years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
As the example above illustrates, the following factors are generally taken into account when determining the potential penalties for an Arkansas drug crime:
- Nature of the offense — Drug possession is a lesser offense, while drug distribution or drug trafficking results in more serious penalties.
- Prior criminal record — You may be ineligible for alternative sentencing or may face enhanced penalties upon a second, third or subsequent drug crime conviction.
- Use of weapons — If you were in possession of a firearm or other deadly weapon, you will likely face increased penalties and the possibility of mandatory minimum penalties.
- Type and amount of drug — Arkansas classifies controlled substances into schedules according to their potential for abuse, danger and other factors. Schedule I substances are considered the most dangerous and carry the harshest penalties upon a conviction.
Illegal search and seizure
An experienced central Arkansas & Saline County criminal defense attorney will always protect your constitutional rights. In drug cases, Fourth Amendment protections are particularly important because the primary evidence often includes drugs seized by the police. If the police did not follow the proper search and seizure procedures, such as securing a warrant prior to their search, our legal team will seek to suppress any evidence obtained. If we’re successful, the prosecution will not be allowed to use the evidence against you at trial, which may boost your chances of acquittal.
When you need an attorney who knows the system
Drug crime lawyers are only as good as they are knowledgeable. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys of Huffman Butler, PLLC know the law and how to manage drug offense cases. We do everything possible to get the charges against you dropped or reduced. We explore every detail of your case, interview witnesses and examine police reports and all other documentation before we build a strong defense for you.
Contact a Central Arkansas & Saline County drug defense lawyer who knows the system
If you are facing a drug charge, it’s in your best interests to have a seasoned lawyer on your side. At Huffman Butler, PLLC we work tirelessly for you. Call 501-315-5297 or book an appointment on our online scheduler. We offer flexible office hours and convenient office locations in central Arkansas.