Drug related charges typically begin when a police officer arrests you. An officer can make an arrest if he or she observes one or more of the following:
- Observes you committing a crime.
- If the arresting officer has probable cause that you committed a crime.
- If the arresting officer has a warrant for your arrest.
If you are arrested for a reason other than the three reasons listed above, be sure that you inform your lawyer, as your arrest might not be valid.
Once you are arrested, you will be booked and placed into custody until your bail hearing takes place.
The next step is a bail hearing, in which a judge will determine where your bail will be set. A judge will take into consideration your criminal history, your prior record of showing up for court when asked, if you are a danger to society, and the severity of the crime you are being charged with. In most cases, you will be granted bail. An experienced attorney can help make sure that this happens. If a judge grants you bail, you will have to post a bond in order to be released from jail. You can pay this bond yourself, or have it paid by a cosigner. If you show up to all of your court dates, the bond will be returned to you or your cosigner.
Before your trial takes place, both your attorney and the prosecution will meet to discuss your case. During the pre-trial negotiation, our goal is to have your case dismissed by presenting evidence of your innocence. If the prosecution refuses to dismiss the case, our next course of action is to seek a plea bargain. If we are successful in securing a plea bargain, your case will not have to go to trial.
A plea bargain means that you will admit guilt and receive a lesser sentence. It is essentially a compromise between the defense and the prosecution. An experienced attorney can advise you on the pros and cons of taking a plea bargain that is offered to you in order to help you make the best decision for you and your family. While every case is different, generally speaking a pro of taking a plea bargain is avoiding trial, where as a con is that it will mean you have a criminal record.
If you are charged with a drug related crime in the state of Connecticut, the state court may offer participation in a diversionary program. These programs use a combination of community and social services under the supervision of the court to help you address any underlying issues that led to your arrest. Going to rehab and attending drug education classes instead of facing trial are examples of diversionary programs. Additionally, you may be required to stay on probation for a period of time and perform community service.
If you are not interested in pursuing of any of these pre-trial options, or if none of them are available in your situation, then we will prepare your case for trial. Our first step is to establish a defense. This defense may revolve around faulty evidence, such as faulty drug tests, inaccurate testimony, or the testimony of expert witnesses. Expert witnesses are experts in certain fields who can help attest to your innocence. In drug cases, expert witnesses tend to be doctors, lab technicians, and similar professionals.
Ultimately, a judge or jury will determine your guilt or innocence. If you are found guilty, we will work with the judge and the prosecution to determine an appropriate punishment. If applicable, we may petition for you to attend rehab, or to be placed on probation as an alternative to prison.
At The Kaloidis Law Firm, LLC, we do everything in our power to protect our clients. We work with the prosecution on negotiations and try to avoid taking our case to trial. However, if trial is inevitable, we are prepared. We have excellent trial lawyers and our team can defend you and your rights. If you would like to discuss your case with a Kaloidis Law Firm lawyer, contact us for a free consultation. Put your mind at ease by having a professional handle your case for you!