The basis of any drug crimes charge is possession, which requires that the prosecution prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you had the actual care, custody, control or management of the drugs. Merely being at a party where drugs were present, or knowing that drugs were being sold, is insufficient evidence to prove the crime of possession.
Distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance are two additional charges that may be included depending on the circumstances.
Distribution requires that you deliver a drug in some manner other than simply administering or dispensing it. For example, it is not considered distribution if you administer a syringe of medication to a friend. Police and prosecutors often automatically tack on a distribution charge along with the charge of possession.
Manufacture of a controlled substance includes the creation or alteration of any drug (with the exception of marijuana), either through chemical change or extracting natural substances from the drug. Manufacture also includes packaging and labeling the drug.
Each charge of possession, distribution and manufacture has different factual elements that the prosecutor must prove in order to win a conviction at trial. The Allen drug crimes attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas have successfully defended against possession, distribution and manufacture of a controlled substance charges, winning outright acquittals, dismissals and reduced charges.
We are able to do this by taking a comprehensive approach to our defense of all drug crimes cases. At Rosenthal & Wadas, our Allen drug crimes attorneys take great care to thoroughly review all of the evidence in your case, which may include:
- Physical evidence, such as drugs, drug paraphernalia, scales and bags
- Witness testimony, including the statements of any co-defendants, buyers or sellers
- Statements you may have made to the police, whether prior to being taken into custody or after the arrest
Our review of the evidence will help us find the holes in the prosecution’s case, and we have a successful record of using those weaknesses as leverage to obtain a dismissal of all charges or an acquittal at trial and, when that is not possible, a reduction in charges.
Allen Drug Crimes Attorney on Your Side
Whether you have been charged with the possession, distribution or manufacture of a controlled substance, you need an experienced Allen drug crimes attorney on your side. The drug crimes attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC, have a thorough understanding of all drug crimes charges, and will fight to obtain the best possible outcome based on the evidence of each case. Contact us today at 972.369.0577, or toll-free at 877.538.8640, to schedule your free initial consultation.