You've been arrested for a drug crime. You have your version of events. The police have theirs. Usually those two aren't the same. What do you do then?
I'm attorney Keith H. Rutman and I have been a drug crimes defense lawyer in Murrieta and the San Diego area for more than 20 years. I handle small- and large-scale drug sales and trafficking cases in state and federal court (including importation across the U.S./Mexican border.)
Drug sales, drug smuggling and drug trafficking charges are serious. They can carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence, large fines, and can result in deportation if you are an immigrant to the U.S., even if you are a legal immigrant.
Know Your Rights so You Can Protect Them
An important part of my law practice is making sure my clients understand what they are facing and know their options. Most criminal cases require some investigation before I can give you an opinion about the likely outcome of your case and your defense options. I work with a team of experienced investigators to get the facts of your drug sales or trafficking offense. I don't rely on the police to do my work. I will answer such question as:
- Did the officers follow correct search and seizure procedures?
- Was your vehicle stopped for a valid reason?
- Were the drugs actually in your possession and control, or were you merely present at the scene of a crime?
- Are the police or prosecutors making a big case out of a small case?
Making Mountains out of Molehills
Prosecutors prefer to bring more, rather than less, serious charges, even if they could charge on a lesser offense. If the prosecutor over-reached to make the charges higher than they should be — or assumed things that weren't true — I will find out.
I always try for the best possible outcome for my clients, which will depend upon the facts of your case and how hard you are willing to fight. The best outcome may vary, it could be a shorter jail or prison term. It might be a lesser charge, such as reducing a charge from drug distribution to mere possession. It may be a dismissal if the prosecutor can't prove that the drugs were yours or that the money or materials confiscated from your home or care were actually connected to drug sales or trafficking.
Contact Keith H. Rutman, Attorney at Law
If you were arrested and charged with drug sales, drug trafficking or drug smuggling, contact my San Diego law office to schedule a free initial consultation. Call toll-free, 888-714-6354, or 619-573-4988.
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