5 Things a Drug Crimes Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can't)

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on September 15, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

If you're charged with a drug crime, you could always choose to go it alone as a pro se defendant or take the public defender who may be provided to you by the court.

However, you may also choose to work with a criminal defense attorney who's particularly knowledgeable about handling drug crimes, such as the offense you are being charged with. What makes hiring a drug crimes lawyer worth the money?

Here are five things a drug crimes lawyer can do that you probably can't:

  1. Negotiate with prosecutors. A drug crimes attorney can work with prosecutors long before your case goes to trial. For example, your attorney may be able to negotiate a plea to a lesser offense.
  2. Poke holes in prosecution's case. An effective criminal defense lawyer may be able to severely hinder the prosecution's ability to try their case through the use of pre-trial motions to exclude evidence, such as paraphernalia that may have been seized illegally or confessions that were obtained improperly.
  3. Use discovery to your advantage. Your drug crimes defense lawyer may also be able to uncover new evidence that can aid in your defense through effective use of discovery, the process through which parties to criminal and civil trials exchange information.
  4. Accurately gauge your likelihood of success. Having experience in dealing with similar cases will allow a drug defense attorney to give you an honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and advise you on how to plead.
  5. Effectively represent you at trial if necessary. If your case goes to trial, an experienced drug crime attorney will have a strategy for putting on an effective defense, including whether or not you should testify in your own defense.

If you need help finding an experienced drug crime defense lawyer in your area, check out FindLaw's Lawyer Directory.

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